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06-05-2007, 08:36 AM
RP’s group rivals in FIBA cagefest known tomorrow

NEWLY-APPOINTED Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas Executive Director Patrick Gregorio leaves for Tokushima, Japan today to attend the drawing of lots of the FIBA-Asia Men’s Championship slated July 28 to Aug. 5.

The SMC-Team Pilipinas has qualified to the said event which is the qualifying tournament for the Beijing Olympics after winning the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (SEABA) title last week in Ratchaburi, Thailand.

The all-PBA team completed a four-game sweep of the tournament, but are expected to face stiff competition against the best Asian teams like China, Korea, Iran, Lebanon, Qatar and host Japan in the Japan joust.

The top 16 teams in Asia will be grouped in to four, with the top two teams per group advancing to the crossover quarterfinal round.

Only the champion team will earn an Olympic slot.

Assuming that China will win the tournament, the second place team will play in the Olympics as China has already qualified being the host country.

After a six-day rest, the nationals resumed practice yesterday at the Moro Lorenzo Gym in Ateneo.

After their stint in Thailand, the RP Team will compete in Belgrade as well as in the Jones Cup in Taiwan before going to Tokushima.

They PBA-backed team finished fourth in the tough FIBA-Asia Club Championship Tehran, Iran last month.

The last time the country played in the Olympics was during the Munich Games in 1972. —Waylon GALVEZ

Howard the Duck
06-05-2007, 07:12 PM
bukas na ang draw :p

sana televised sa NHK, BS1 o BS2

06-06-2007, 09:39 AM
Gregorio attending cage draw

Last updated 06:07am (Mla time) 06/06/2007

MANILA, Philippines -- Newly installed Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas executive director Patrick Gregorio left for Japan Tuesday to attend the drawing of lots in the FIBA-Asia Men’s championship slated in Tokushima next month.

There will be a total of 16 teams that will be divided into four groups in the tournament. Defending champion China leads all the entries that will be shooting for one available slot in the Beijing 2008 Olympics next year.

Asia’s top four teams have been spread evenly in the four groups, with the Chinese in Group A, Lebanon in Group B, Qatar in Group C and Korea in Group D.

The draw would be very important, as only two teams from each group will advance to the quarterfinals.

And RP basketball team coach Chot Reyes said the draw will play a big role in the Philippines’ bid to tab an Olympic berth, but he is aware of the fact that the improvement of Asian teams doesn’t make it as crucial a factor as before.

“We’re praying for the best,” Reyes said. “But realistically speaking, with the kind of teams playing, wala ka na ring pipiliin (you have no choice).” Musong R. Castillo

06-06-2007, 09:41 AM
RP 5 bracket known in FIBA draw


The Philippine Star

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) executive director Patrick Gregorio will represent the country in the FIBA-Asia Championships draw at the Grand Palace Hotel in Tokushima Wednesday night.

Gregorio left Manila Tuesday afternoon for Osaka then took a three-hour bus ride to Tokushima.

"Commissioner (Noli) Eala told me it’s okay if I’m not in Tokushima for the games but it’s a must that I’m there for the draw," said Gregorio.

Gregorio will be back Thursday in time for the SMC-RP team’s dinner hosted by PLDT chairman Manny Pangilinan at the Fort in the Global City. The team will also be treated to dinner by San Miguel Corp. the next day.

There are 16 entries in the FIBA-Asia joust scheduled on July 28-Aug. 5. The draw will determine which four teams are to comprise each of the four brackets. Teams play each other once in the same bracket after which the top two in each bracket advance to the knockout crossover quarterfinals. The four survivors move on to the crossover semifinals then the top two square off for the title.

The tournament will serve as the Olympic qualifier for Asia. China, as host of next year’s Beijing Olympics, is guaranteed a slot in the 12-team basketball competition. If China wins in Tokushima, the runner-up gains a ticket to Beijing as Asia’s other representative. If China fails to win, it will still play in Beijing as host nation and the FIBA-Asia champion qualifies for the Olympics.

The top four finishers in the last FIBA-Asia Championships are seeded to head each of the four brackets, meaning No. 1 China, No. 2 Lebanon, No. 3 Qatar and No. 4 South Korea.

The draw will begin by picking three teams, except Japan, for three brackets. Japan, as the host country, will be given the privilege of choosing which bracket to join. After the first eight teams are settled in their brackets, the draw will continue to place the remaining eight entries.

Gregorio said FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann is planing in from the governing body’s headquarters in Geneva to witness the draw which will be supervised by FIBA-Asia secretary-general Dato Yeoh Choo Hock of Malaysia and his deputy Hagop Khajirian of Lebanon.

"Only defending champion China and Japan, as the host nation, are automatically qualified to play in Tokushima," said Gregorio. "The other 14 countries had to go through sub-zone qualifications to make it."

The Philippines and Indonesia qualified to play in Tokushima after finishing 1-2 in the SEABA Championships in Ratchaburi last month. The five Asian sub-zones are West Asia (including Lebanon and Syria), the Gulf States (including Oman, Jordan and Qatar), Middle Asia (including India and Sri Lanka), East Asia (including China, Japan and Korea) and Southeast Asia. FIBA-Asia has 44 member countries.

"To avoid China until the finals, assuming they top the first bracket, we should finish No. 1 in the second or fourth bracket or place No. 2 in the third bracket," explained Gregorio. "Then we should top the quarterfinals so that we face the second placer in the crossover semis before moving into the finals against China."

06-06-2007, 10:44 PM
Philippines is part of the Group A alongside China.

06-06-2007, 11:26 PM
Philippines in 'Group of Death' along with China, Iran and Jordan
by Hector Santos - Jun 6, 2007

Team Pilipinas found itself in the toughest bracket of the coming FIBA Asia Championship in Tokushima, Japan after being bracketed in Group A or the so-called “Group of Death” with defending champion and Asian Games gold medalist China, Asian Games bronze medalist Iran and fast rising Asian basketball powerhouse and Asian Games semi-finalist Jordan.

Bracket B, C and D can be considered to be the easier bracket due to few Asian powerhouse that was included.

Bracket B consists of Lebanon, host Japan, Saudi Arabia and UAE. 2005 FIBA runner up Lebanon and Japan are expected to dominate this group.

Meanwhile, group C includes Asian Games silver medalist Qatar, India, Kazakhstan and Indonesia. Qatar and Kazakhstan are likely to be the team to beat in this bracket.

Group D on the other hand comprises of South Korea, Hong Kong, Syria and Chinese Taipei. S. Korea, Syria and Chinese Taipei will surely battling for their spot in the quarters.

RP Coach Reyes would have chosen Group B or D, although he expressed optimism on the RP Team mission, specially since his coaching staff have plans on how to deal with Iran and Jordan, two teams they had already scouted in a tournament recently.

According to Reyes, the Nationals are very familiar with Iran and Jordan's games.He also mentioned Jordan as having a naturalized player in Raheim White, a touring pro who used to play as import in the Jordanian team.

The Philippine team also had a good account on how to play the Iranians, having played the squad in a three-quarter tune-up game during a rest day of the recent Fiba-Asia Champions Cup in Tehran, Iran.

The Nationals absorbed a 47-63 defeat after three quarters, as they easily fell prey to the Iranians backstopped by four players who stand 6-foot-11. And this should have given the Nationals, especially the coaching staff, a good idea on what to expect in the tournament.

“This team has come too far to be denied. It is not our style to dwell on the negatives. So our focus is to beat Iran and Jordan. China will take care of itself. And we will go to Beijing or we will die trying,” Reyes said.

The top two teams from each group will advance to the quarterfinals with A1-B2-C1-D2 comprising one group and A2-B1-C2-D1 making up the other.
The top two squads from each bracket square off in the crossover semifinals.

If China, which is seeded to the Olympics as host country, makes it to the Tokushima final, the runner-up automatically qualifies to the Games as well. If the Chinese fails to advance, then only the champion will go to Beijing .

Only if the Philippines tops its quarterfinals group can it avoid meeting China anew in the crossover semifinals.

The Philippines has never made the Final Four of this Asian championship since ruling the tourney in 1985 in Kuala Lumpur behind a team bannered by naturalized players Dennis Still and Jeff Moore.

06-07-2007, 12:38 PM
We’ll go to Beijing or die trying – Chot

The Philippine Star

It will be as difficult as scaling the Great Wall.

The Philippine team found its awesome task of getting into the Olympics again further compounded by drawing the toughest group in the 24th FIBA-Asian championship in Tokushima, Japan from July 28 to Aug. 5.

The Nationals have found themselves in a formidable company in the 16-team Asian Olympic qualifier with defending champion China and powerhouse challengers Iran and Jordan in the group.

“Unfortunately, we’re in the Group of Death,” said RP team coach Chot Reyes upon learning of the draw held in Tokushima Wednesday.

“(The result) couldn’t have been worst. China and Iran are the biggest teams in terms of height and they’re tough. Jordan won’t be easy,” Reyes added of the RP team’s Group A.

Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Japan make up Group B; Qatar, India, Kazakhstan and Indonesia Group C and South Korea, Hong Kong, Syria and Chinese Taipei Group D.

Reyes said it could be a lot easier making the quarterfinals had they been bracketed in Group B or Group C.

“You work so hard to prepare only to leave your fate to the luck of the draw. However, this team and this country have come too far to be denied. It is not our style to dwell on negatives,” said Reyes.

“Our focus now is how to beat Iran and Jordan. China will take care of itself. We will go to Beijing or we will die trying,” Reyes added.

One thing going for RP is the fact that Reyes and his staff have scouted Iran and Jordan, third and fourth placers, respectively, in the Doha Asian Games.

“We’re familiar with those teams. We know that Jordan has a naturalized players in Raheim White, a touring pro who used to play as import in the Jordanian league,” said Reyes.

Incidentally, the Philippines suffered a 47-63 defeat in a three-quarter tune-up game with Iran during the rest day in the recent FIBA-Asia Champions Cup in Tehran, Iran. The Iran team features three centers standing at least 6-foot-11.

“Another good thing with this draw is the possibility of lighter assignments in the quarterfinals. The problem is how to get out of the group games,” said Reyes.

But Reyes stressed they will do their best to achieve their goal of making it to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

BAP-SBP executive director Patrick Gregorio attended the draw supervised by FIBA Asia first deputy secretary general Khajirian Hagop of Lebanon.

“The Philippines was drawn second to last. The draw was fair with media coverage,” said Gregorio in a text message.

06-07-2007, 12:42 PM
FIBA-Asia draw pits RP five vs heavyweights

Chot Reyes: ‘We’re in the group of death’

By Musong R. Castillo
Last updated 02:12am (Mla time) 06/07/2007

MANILA, Philippines -- Morbid though it may sound, but Chot Reyes picked the perfect words to describe the latest turn of events in Philippine basketball.

“We’re in the group of death,” Reyes told the Philippine Daily Inquirer over the phone, a few minutes after learning where Team Philippines landed after the FIBA-Asia championship draw Wednesday in Japan.

“We’re in the worst position we could be in,” continued Reyes. “We drew the biggest and best teams in the (Asian) region.”

There was no luck in the draw for the Filipinos after they found themselves in the bracket of no less than mighty China and rock-solid Jordan and Iran in Group A, making survival of the eliminations a tough feat in itself.

“The good thing about it is that if we survive the eliminations, the quarterfinals will be relatively easy,” Reyes said.

“You work so hard only to leave your fate to the luck of the draw,” he continued. “This (RP) team and this country have come too far to be denied. We will go to Beijing or we will die trying.”

Tournament format will call for the top two finishers in each of the four groups to march on to the quarterfinals, where another set of knockout matches will be held to determine the Final Four.

Technically, the tournament will only stake one slot to the Beijing Games, the hosts Chinese already seeded. That means that if China wins the Tokushima joust, only the second placer will go to Beijing.

Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Japan are in Group B, Qatar, India, Kazakhstan and Indonesia are in Group C and Korea, Hong Kong, Syria and Chinese-Taipei making up the final bracket.

Jordan was a solid force in the last Asian Games in Doha, Qatar, while Iran manhandled the Philippines three times in the FIBA-Asia Champions Cup recently in Tehran, Iran.

One of those games against Iran was an exhibition during a break in the Champions Cup against the real Iranian national side that played without its Champions Cup imports.

Jordan, on the other hand, reached the final four of the Asian Games in Doha, Qatar.

Reyes said that it his not his style to dwell on the negatives. He emphasized that at this point, he will focus his sights on beating Jordan and the Iranians and let China “take care of itself.”

Team Philippines, which was assembled last March after a two-year suspension by the international basketball federation (FIBA) was lifted, finished fourth in the Champions Cup but went undefeated in the Southeast Asian Basketball Association tournament in Thailand a couple of weeks back.

Reyes still has two international tournaments to play in before flying to Japan for the FIBA-Asia next month.

06-08-2007, 09:24 AM
Coaches see lighter load after Group of Death


The Philippine Star

Coaches who have handled the RP team before could only commiserate with coach Chot Reyes and his troops for getting into the toughest group in the preliminary round of the Asian championship in Tokushima, Japan in July.

They agree the Nationals have no room for error right in the eliminations where they are bracketed with perennial champion China and emerging Asian powers Iran and Jordan.

"Tough luck, they can’t afford to make a mistake," said Tim Cone, who steered the RP team to a bronze-medal finish in the 1998 Asian Games in Bangkok, Thailand.

But he agreed with Reyes that the Nationals will get relatively lighter assignments in the next round if they’re able to make it past the preliminary round of Olympic qualifier among 16 teams.

"I really haven’t thought about it but I always assume that we will make it to the semis and would like to avoid China in the crossover," said Jong Uichico.

The tournament format calls for each group to play one round in the preliminaries with the top two from each group advancing to the quarterfinals.

Group A’s and C’s top finishers are grouped with Group B’s and D’s runners-up (Group I) while Group A’s and C’s runners-up are grouped with Group B’s and D’s top-notchers (Group II) for another round-robin play in the quarters.

The top team of Group I meets the runner-up of Group II while the No.1 team in Group II meets the runner-up of Group I in the sudden-death semifinals. The winners in the semifinals dispute the championship while the losers dispute the third-place trophy.

Assuming China would top Group A, the Philippines needs to beat Iran and Jordan to advance to the quarterfinals with Japan, Qatar and Chinese Taipei in Group II if all the teams play according to their FIBA ranking.

China is ranked highest at 11th and the Philippines second to last at 65th. The Philippines is only ranked ahead of Indonesia in this tourney.

Lebanon is No. 24 in the world, Korea 25, Qatar 26, Japan 28, Iran 37, Chinese Taipei 40, Saudi Arabia 41, Syria 43, India 46, Hong Kong 50, Kazakhstan and UAE tied at 56 and Jordan 61.

06-08-2007, 12:34 PM
The chance we bargained for

By Ed Picson

Alright, so the die is cast. The Philippine national basketball team goes up against the biggies right away in the FIBA-Asia Men’s Championship in Tokushima, Japan next month.

The tournament will determine the two countries that will represent the region in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

At the outset China, Jordan and Iran will stand in the way of our getting into the next round of the tournament and they indeed make for very big, intimidating shadows. China is, of course the perennial Asian champions, while Iran won the FIBA-Asia Champions Cup held in Tehran just a few weeks back, where we could only manage fourth. Jordan is also no pushover.

China as the host country is already assured of an Olympic slot. But whatever happens in the tournament, they will be one of the Asian teams. In other words, only one other Asian country can qualify from the Tokushima tournament.

Immediately after the news broke about our being in Group A, there was collective foot-thumping as people rued the luck of the draw which has made our comeback in international competitions a veritable tightrope act.

To compound matters, we are expected to walk the rope blind-folded with no safety nets beneath.

Well, the truth is, it was never supposed to be easy. The controversy that caused our protracted banishment from FIBA-sanctioned tournaments was triggered by the inexplicable propensity of the BAP in fielding mediocre teams that were slaughtered in many tournaments. The hue and cry was, we don’t mind losing, but at the time, the teams that represented the country had no chance at even performing decently.

An ice cube in hell could have had better chances of surviving.

After endless wrangling and wheeling and dealing, some sort of Modus Vivendi has been reached, and finally we are sending our best players to represent us in international competitions. As we have written here before, that was all the Filipino basketball fan asked for.

It would be the height of naiveté to think that we could slay all the Asian basketball dragons in one fell swoop just because our national team happens to be composed of our superstars in the PBA.

Joining the tournament in Tokushima included submitting ourselves to the luck of the draw. So did everyone else. But as in any activity dependent on luck, one can only hope for the best.

Coach Chot Reyes has been quoted as saying "We will go to Beijing or we will die trying." A tad melodramatic that, but we all know where he is coming from. And we expect no less from a group that has been given the necessary tools available to extract the best from our best players.

But allowances must also be made for the abbreviated timetable that the team has had to work under owing to the extended brouhaha that lasted for well over a year. But this is no time for recriminations or excuses. The order of the day is to roll up sleeves and get cracking.

Obviously there is no time to waste. The travel plans for Belgrade and the Jones Cup have been laid out and the work that awaits the players and the coaching staff has been cut out for them. So let’s get it on!

With all due respect, I think talk about being in the "group of death" in Tokushima is not going to do the team’s morale a lot of good. That draw is all behind us now and we have been given the opportunity we have been bargaining for-to be given a chance to compete with our best players.

I say let’s prep us this team for a vicious encounter that we intend to come out of either as victors or proud warriors worthy of the Filipino reputation as sturdy, steadfast and un-cowed, but never the vanquished.

Let’s give ‘em hell!

06-13-2007, 11:23 AM
Gregorio says ‘Group of Death’ no worry for Philippine Team
By Emmanuel B. Villaruel
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
The Freeman

Despite the San Miguel-Philippine Team is wrapped in the “Group of Death,” BAP-SBP executive director Patrick “Pato” Gregorio is confident that the Nationals can overcome the tremendous odds they are faced with in the FIBA-Asia Men’s Championship on July 28 to August 5 in Tokushima, Japan.

During the draw last week in Tokushima, the Nationals landed in Group A in the company of defending champion China and Middle Eastern powers Jordan and Iran, which topped the FIBA-Asia Champions Cup in Tehran last month.

Ranged against those formidable squads, some quarters are skeptical on RP’s chances of rolling into the next round considering that only two teams will advance into the crossover phase.

But Gregorio firmly believes there’s always that proverbial light at the end of the tunnel.

“When national pride is at stake, you throw away all the odds. The desire to win must emanate from our hearts not from our minds,” said Gregorio.

If reports are true that the Chinese are sending their National Team B to Japan since they’re already seeded to the 2008 Beijing Olympics being the host, Gregorio said the Nationals have a big chance to make a strong finish in the week-long tournament.

“We have a very good chance if we’re up against Team B of China. I think we can win. If we want to go to Olympics, then we have to prove were the number one in Asia,” said Gregorio, adding that the thing of beauty being pooled with such powerhouse squads is that you don’t have to face the grim prospect of meeting them in the crossover phase.

“One good thing is that if we make it to the next round, we won’t face them in the crossover quarterfinals. Anticipating that, it would be an easy next round if we make it according to some experts,” said Gregorio.

When asked on what he thinks are the key elements the Nationals need to come up with a good showing in Tokushima, Gregorio answered: “Focus, infiltrate on the conditioning of players and play as a team.”

Gregorio, on the other hand, is elated that 6-foot-6 Fil-Am Gabe Norwood is joining the RP squad. Norwood, whose paternal grandfather is a Filipino, is a US collegiate standout from the George Mason Patriots.

“He’s a major addition to the team,” said Gregorio, who informed that Gabe will be joining the Nationals in Belgrade for a week-long crash course on the European brand of basketball.

The Nationals will then shift their focus to the nine-day William Jones Cup tournament starting July 2 in Chinese-Taipei.

Gregorio said the Jones Cup would be a good gauge for the Nationals as some of the teams that will see action in Tokushima will be competing in Taipei.

06-14-2007, 05:07 AM
Qatar beats Finland, winning 80-63 and Slovenia, winning 93-86 . see below:

Qatar coach Andrist speaks exclusiveley to Asia-Basket

by Mohammed Malas - Jun 13, 2007
Asia-Basket had the honour to make a small interview with the head coach of Qatar National Team Ed Andrist who was speaking with us from Slovenia where they're currently camping to prepare for FIBA Asia Championship (28 July - 5 August). 1- First of all tell us more about yourself coach... I am a Wisconsin (USA) boy that has loved basketball his entire life.
Asia-Basket had the honour to make a small interview with the head coach of Qatar National Team Ed Andrist who was speaking with us from Slovenia where they're currently camping to prepare for FIBA Asia Championship (28 July - 5 August).

1- First of all tell us more about yourself coach...

I am a Wisconsin (USA) boy that has loved basketball his entire life. When I could no longer play at the higher level, i turned to coaching. That was in 1974 and I have been coaching ever since. I have coached at (3) different high schools and (2) different colleges. My teams in college have won (3) National Collegiate Championships. My wife is Connie and i have (6) beautiful children Les, Ryan, April, Kasey, Sean, and Kelsey.

2- When did qatar basketball federation contact you? and how did the negotiations go?

Ever since I was in Qatar in 2000, Rashed Al Abdulla and I have talked over the phone often. We have talked every year about my possible return in some capacity. It happened to work out this year for my return and i am happy it has. I have a great deal of respect for Rashed and Shiek Saud.

3- What is the plan which are you putting for qatar's men national team before going to FIBA Asia Championship?

We have scheduled some excellent camps for the staff and players and some excellent games also. Having just played the Slovenia and Finland National teams, we find out quickly what we need to work on and get better. We are in Slovenia now and will compete in Egypt, Doha, Taipai, Shanghai, and then Japan for the Asia Championship.

4- How did you see the current qatar NT comparing to 2000's team?

In 2000, the main team i coached was the youngermen's team so this team is much more experenced and talented. We feel that we are not strong enough at the point guard position however, we will utlilize the players that can work at that position. I have (5) players back from the 2000 team.

5- Do you feel any development in the basketball in qatar since the last you were there in 2000?

Rashed and i have talked at great length about developing the youth in Qatar. It is never an easy task and hopefully i can provide some direction. I know Qatar wants to be successful and they work very hard to have good results. I think it would help if they were to look at a larger plan for the future. I am committed to helping Qatar be the best they can be in basketball.

6- Where do you see qatar now in Asia's basketball map?

Starting back in 2000, Qatar has had some excellent success in their basketball over the past (7) years. They now compete well on the Asia stage and have played some on the World stage. It really comes down to how important it is to Qatar to continue and/or advance this success. You can never stay the same. You are either moving forward or you are moving backward.

7- Honestly...Do you see yourself in Beijeng 2008?

Quite honestly, I DO NOT worry or think about Beijing 2008 or even Japan 2007. There is a process that we must follow to give us the best chance of success and i am the leader of that process. I only think about what i control and i control practice, training (both physical and mental) and rest. I have a job to do and when Japan arrives in late July, we will continue that process. We EXPECT to win every game and of course we expect to win the Asia Games in Japan. We accept nothing less. There is an old saying "you have to be good and you have to be lucky". Hopefully, we can find some luck along the way.

8- Coach...you mentioned in local newspapers that you might naturalize a player for qatar as there are some weakness in point guard position...is that true?

It has been addressed to the Olympic Committee of our need for a player in that position. To my knowledge, we were not granted that request. I respect the Olympic Committee and their decisions. Once again, i only worry about what i can control. This i do not control. We will be fine.

9- Do you think that qatari league must be more developed?

The Qatar League is a good league. What i believe must happen, is the league and the National Team schedule must work together to get on the same page. The National Team players get very little rest and if the schedule were adjusted somewhat, it would be good for the players. I am a team guy and everyone should be in this together trying to represent Qatar to Asia and the World.

10- American Joey Steibing the former NT coach of qatar ran a four years program in Qatar, will you continue this program or you have another vision?

Whereas I know this a results and success driven environment, my plans are to take this program "one major tournament" at a time. I really enjoy working for Rashed Al Abdulla and Shiek Saud and want nothing but the best for the country of Qatar. There are so many EXCELLENT people in Qatar and I am very loyal. We will see how everything unfolds.

11- What do you think about the indivudual level of the NT players?

We have an excellent group of young men that have worked their hardest everyday. As a coach, you can ask for nothing less or more. We had an excellent game with Finland, winning 80-63 and Slovenia, winning 93-86. We learned alot about each other and I learned alot about them. I have an excellent staff in Coach Eric, Coach Chris, and Coach Will. Our trainer, doctor and assist staff have been outstanding.

12- Last word to fans?

To the fans of Qatar, I want you to know that we want you to be proud of this team and what they can accomplish. We want you to be proud to wear the colors of Maroon and White. We will do our best to represent you at the highest level and we NEED you to come and watch us play in Doha on June 22nd - 28th.

07-03-2007, 07:52 AM
Will China sacrifice Tokushima?



The Philippines is bracketed in the so-called “Group of Death” with defending champion China, Doha Asian Games bronze medalist Iran and dangerous Jordan in the 16-nation FIBA-Asia Championships in Tokushima, Japan, on July 28-Aug. 5.


The Philippines is bracketed in the so-called "Group of Death" with defending champion China, Doha Asian Games bronze medalist Iran and dangerous Jordan in the 16-nation FIBA-Asia Championships in Tokushima, Japan, on July 28-Aug. 5.

The playing field is split into four brackets with four teams each and the top two finishers after the first round of eliminations will advance to the knockout quarterfinals. The top four teams in the last FIBA-Asia Championships – No. 1 China, No. 2 Lebanon, No. 3 Qatar and No. 4 South Korea – were seeded to head a bracket apiece.

Lots were drawn by the other 12 countries to determine which bracket they would join. The Philippines was second to last to pick with only slots in Group A (with China) and Group C (with Qatar) available. Indonesia, whose national team qualified to play in Tokushima by finishing second to the Philippines in the recent SEABA Championships in Ratchaburi, was the last to choose but the selection was academic.

SBP executive director Patrick Gregorio hoped to get the spot in Group C with Qatar, Kazakhstan and India. But instead, Indonesia went to Group C after Gregorio picked a slot in Group A.

The first round of eliminations will pit the four teams against each other in every bracket. The top two move on to the quarterfinals and remain in contention for an Olympic berth while the last two are relegated to the consolation pool for ranking purposes. To advance, the Philippines must overtake Iran and Jordan assuming China is untouchable. Ties will be broken by the quotient system so it’s important for the Philippines to win big and lose small.

While oddsmakers are conceding a Philippine loss to China, national coach Chot Reyes isn’t so sure. The team that China is sending to Tokushima won’t be the senior squad and it’s a mystery what kind of players will represent the Mainland.

Houston Rockets star Yao Ming is definitely skipping Tokushima. He arrived in China last week and will get married to long-time girlfriend Ye Li in Shanghai on Sept. 25. Ye used to play for the Chinese national women’s team and stands 6-3 to Yao’s 7-6. Can you imagine how tall their children will be? Yao was once rumored to be dating an American actress but it was never confirmed.

China’s senior team is committed to play in the Stankovic Cup on July 28-Aug. 2 – at the same time, Tokushima will host the FIBA-Asia Championships. Slovenia, New Zealand, Angola, Venezuela and a US NBDL All-Star squad are the others playing in the Stankovic Cup where the first two days of competition will be at the Guangzhou Sports Center and the last three at the Tap Seac Multisport Pavilion in Macau.

At the moment, there are 22 players in China’s national pool. Coach Jonas Kauslauskas, a Lithuanian, will likely call the shots for China in the Stankovic Cup while assistants Adijian Chang Bin and Gong Xiao Bin will take care of the "other" national team in Tokushima. The "other" national team will be the B squad made up of veterans on the way to pasture and youngsters on the way to stardom.

It’s not certain if Yao Ming will even play in the Stankovic Cup although he’ll be in China when the games are played.

China’s senior squad is scheduled to play in the NBA summer league in Las Vegas starting Friday up to July 11. On tap are games against the Memphis Grizzlies, Sacramento Kings, Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks and Boston Celtics.

Since China is booked play in the Manila Invitationals on July 12-15, the "other" team is obviously coming to town. Syria, Lebanon and the Philippines complete the cast in the four-team pocket tournament that will serve as a tune-up for Tokushima.

Splitting China’s 22-man pool into two teams shouldn’t be difficult. Wang Zhizhi, Liu Wei, Wang Shipeng, Yi Jianlian, Zhu Fangyu and Sun Yue will likely headline the A squad. Yi was recently picked in the first round by the Milwaukee Bucks and Sun in the second by the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA draft.

Li Nan, the pool’s senior statesman at 31, could lead the B team in Tokushima. Another veteran who could be tapped is 6-8 Du Feng, 26. The youngsters in the pool are 6-6 Han Shuo, 18, 6-4 Wang Zhongguang, 20, 6-5 Yang Ming, 20, 6-7 Li Xiaoxu, 17, 6-10 Zhou Pen, 18 and 6-1 Chen Jianghua, 18. To play the slot will probably be 7-foot Tang Zhengdong, 23. So China won’t lack for manpower at the FIBA-Asia Championships.

A few weeks ago, China hosted a four-nation, double round-robin tournament in Guangdong. Italy, Australia and Croatia participated. China wound up with a 2-4 record, beating only Croatia twice. Italy and Australia were represented by B teams. Wang Zhizhi, Li Nan, Wang Shipeng and Mo Ke led the Chinese attack which lacked firepower with the absence of Yao Ming, Yi Jianlian and Sun Yue. The results showed that China is vulnerable without its mainstays.

Last Sunday, China lost a 91-75 decision in a friendly with the US under-19 selection in Dallas. Yi Jianlian, Li Nan Liu Wei and Wang Zhizhi played for Kauslauskas but the squad badly missed Yao Ming’s presence.

China can afford to lose in Tokushima without jeopardizing its participation in the Beijing Olympics because as the host nation, it is automatically seeded in the 12-team tournament. But China is a proud nation and won’t allow itself to be toppled from the top of the heap without a fight.

At the 2002 Busan Asian Games, China lost the gold medal to South Korea in the finals. That bitter memory will motivate the Chinese team – whatever its makeup – to play to win in Tokushima.

07-24-2007, 06:38 PM
May sked na kaya kung anong oras gaganapin ang mga laro natin?

EDIT: 7pm daw sa BTV, pero kung live daw ipapalabas sa RPN, 5pm.

Howard the Duck
07-24-2007, 08:45 PM
I wonder how BTV can show all of the games live when two or more games (especially the early ones) are done at the same time?

07-28-2007, 12:48 PM
RP faces reinforced Iran in opener

The Philippine Star

Mission Beijing gets under way for the SMC-Philippine team Saturday when it plays Iran in Tokushima, Japan.

The Nationals go through eight games to realize their dream of gaining a Beijing Olympics stint next year, beginning with dangerous Iran on opening day of the 2007 FIBA-Asia men’s championship at the Tokushima Stadium.

Meanwhile, Eric Menk, Kelly Williams and Ren-Ren Ritualo complete the 12-man RP lineup that includes Asi Taulava, Mick Pennisi, Danny Seigle, Jimmy Alapag, Jayjay Helterbrand, Mark Caguioa, Dondon Hontiveros, Kerby Raymundo and Fil-Am Gabe Norwood.

The RP-Iran game is set at 5 p.m. (Manila time) and will be aired live on RPN-9 with BTV to telecast the match at 7 p.m.

The Philippines clobbered Iran, 89-79, in their Jones Cup contest earlier this month but the Iranians are setting out for their Tokushima rematch reinforced by 7-foot-5 giant Jaber Rouzbahani Darrehsari.

Other new names in the Iranian lineup are Mohammad Reza, Ali Baheran, Javad Davari and Mahdi Kamrany. But Darrehsari is coach Chot Reyes’ biggest worry.

A 260-pounder with an eight-foot wingspan, the Iranian behemoth can grab the rim flat-footed and can dunk tipping only his toes. He attracted NBA scouts as he held Chinese superstar Yao Ming to only 15 points in the last FIBA-Asia Championship two years ago.

Iran has two other seven-footers in Hamed Ehadadi and Moosa Nabippor and other big men in Ali Doraghi, Hame Sohrabnajed, Oshin Sahakian, Pooya Tadjik and Adin Bahrami who all stand 6-foot-8 and above.

The Nationals, as in their Jones Cup duel, are likely to work on a fluid-motion game and try to use outside artillery against the Iranians.

The Philippines and Iran also figured in a three-quarter, tune-up game in Tehran during a break of the recent Champions Cup.

“We’re mauled in our tune-up game and I’m sure they’re not intimidated by our team ,” said coach Chot Reyes of the Iranians, bronze medalists in the 2006 Doha Asian Games.

“It’s anybody’s game in Tokushima,” said coach Rajko Toroman after his boys were beaten by the Filipinos in the Jones Cup.

Toroman, a Serbian, said he was impressed by the Nationals in the contest but lambasted the referees for what he felt a very poor officiating.

Finding themselves in a tough bracket, the Nationals are in must-win situation in all their games in the FIBA-Asia prelims.

They play defending champion China Monday and Jordan Tuesday.

Jordan is composed of Islam Abbaas, Zaid Abbaas, Zaid Al-Sous, Mousa Alawadi, Fadel Kamal Abdelrahman, Mousa Salah Bashir, Isa Beida Kamel, Osama Daghles, Ayman Idais, Enver Soobzokov and naturalized player Rasheim Ali Abd Wright.

The Chinese, meanwhile, are to get their final 12 from their pool made up of Qiang Bian, Chen Chen, Lei Chen, Liye Gu, Shuo Han, Ke Li, Bo Wang, Yong Wang, Qian Wu, Chao Yang, Ming Yang, Li Yi, Kai Zhang, Qingpeng Zhang and Songtao Zhang. The Chinese have a height average of 6-foot-8.

07-28-2007, 12:49 PM
POC chief wary of Iranians

The Philippine Star

Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Jose Cojuangco Jr. said the other day the national team can’t take Iran lightly in the first round of eliminations in the FIBA-Asia Olympic qualifiers in Tokushima.

The Philippines makes its Tokushima debut against Iran at 5 p.m. today. Both teams are bracketed in the so-called “Group of Death” with China and Jordan. China, Jordan and Iran were semifinalists in the Doha Asian Games, which the Filipino cagers sat out because of the FIBA suspension last year.

In the Jones Cup early this month, the Philippines trounced Iran, 89-79.

“Iran is a tough opponent because the Iranian players are known to play with a ‘patay kung patay’ attitude,” said Cojuangco. “Whatever happens, I’m hoping our boys keep in mind that what they’re fighting for, what they’re doing is for our country.”

Cojuangco played a key role in paving the way for the Philippines’ reinstatement as an active FIBA member, conferring with International Olympic Committee president Dr. Jacques Rogge, FIBA secretary-general emeritus Borislav Stankovic, FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann and FIBA president Bob Elphinston in Seoul last year. He later presided in the POC General Assembly meeting that recognized the Samahang Basketbol Ng Pilipinas as the new NSA for basketball, a prerequisite for the lifting of the FIBA suspension.

Cojuangco said the Philippines’ participation in Tokushima is significant because it could lead to the end of a 36-year drought from playing basketball in the Olympics.

“This is a rare chance for the Philippines to qualify for the Olympics because there are two slots for Asia in Beijing,” said Cojuangco, adding that China, as host nation, is guaranteed a ticket. If China tops the qualifiers, the runner-up gains the second slot in Beijing.

But Cojuangco said it won’t be easy hurdling the opposition in Tokushima, starting with Iran.

“Bench work is critical,” said Cojuangco. “It’s important for the coaches to see what’s going on and make necessary adjustments during a game. It’s also vital for them to scout the opponents. The key is for our players to play with a lot of heart. Dapat buo ang loob nila. I’m sure we’ll all be proud of our team, no matter what.”

Cojuangco was assured that national coach Chot Reyes is backed up by a solid staff made up of PBA head coaches Joseph Uichico of Barangay Ginebra and Binky Favis of Coca-Cola and assistants Aboy Castro and Nash Racela.

Cojuangco said there are drawbacks to playing pros in FIBA competitions.

“First, pros aren’t used to playing knockout games,” said Cojuangco. “In the NBA, teams play 82 games in the regular season. So if they lose one game, they don’t feel it too much because they can make up for it during the long season. It’s the same in the PBA. In FIBA, you play with a sense of urgency because of the knockout system. There is also the quotient system in FIBA. Pros just kill the clock when the game is already decided. But in FIBA, you try to score or stop the other team from scoring up to the last second because, you’ll never know if there are ties that will be broken by the quotient system.”

Another drawback Cojuangco cited was the different interpretation of rules. “Pros play for show, for entertainment,” he continued. “Referees sometimes let go an extra step for a player to make an exciting move. In FIBA, they’ll call the violation. It’s also more physical in FIBA because more contact is allowed.”

Cojuangco said pros must adjust quickly to FIBA rules because if not, they’ll be at a distinct disadvantage.

Iran shocked South Korea, 89-75, and edged Japan, 69-64, to end a 55-year absence from the semifinals of the Asian Games last year. Iran lost to Qatar in the semifinals and settled for the bronze by crushing Jordan, 84-78.

Iran’s 6-6 forward Samad Bahrami was the Asian Games’ leading scorer and will lead the squad in Tokushima with brother Aydin who is 6-7. Other Iranian mainstays are 6-3 Amir Amini, 7-1 Hamed Hadadi, 7-foot Moosa Nabipoor, 6-10 Ali Doraghi, 6-10 Hamed Sohrabnejad and 6-8 Pooya Tadjik.

Iran’s coach is Serbian Rajko Toroman who was an assistant coach of the Yugoslavian national team with head coaching experience in the Hungarian and Dutch leagues.

In Iran’s loss to the Philippines in the recent Jones Cup, the Bahramis, Amini and Hadadi scored in double figures, combining for 64 points or 80 percent of Iran’s total output. The four Iranians form the nucleus of Toroman’s hit squad.

07-28-2007, 02:07 PM
go 300 !! go Spartans !!! este Pinoys !!! Awoo ! Awoo ! Awoo ! ;)

07-28-2007, 03:49 PM
According to Asia-basket.com, China lost to Jordan, 78-65 earlier today at the start of the Preliminaries of the FIBA-Asia Champ. Team Pilipinas will have the same luck as Jordan when they face the Iranians later today. GO TEAM PILIPINAS!!!*

07-28-2007, 06:33 PM
RPN live
Phi 36 Iran 51. end of 1st half....

07-28-2007, 07:11 PM
75-69 final IRAN beats RP

tsk tsk...we had a lot of amateur mistakes...from players to the coaching staff...buset talaga.

07-28-2007, 07:33 PM
Damn..I still cant get get over it...Ritualo over Yap..kulang talaga tayo sa fire power!!! ???

07-28-2007, 07:42 PM
We depended a lot on Mark and he was completely off. Danny Siegle isn't his old self yet. We became desperate at some points when our shots weren't falling, thus the rookie mistakes. Sayang, we recovered too late with Kerby's, Jimmy's and Mick's heroics. Renren didn't show why he is supposed to be our surprise package.

07-28-2007, 08:40 PM
It was a sorry and bitter loss for the team. Right now, I'm still feeling bad about our loss to Iran. There was an obvious lack of mental toughness in most of the players (except Raymundo, Alapag, Pennisi) which resulted in erratic plays, useless turnovers and mindless technical fouls which proved costly in the endgame.

The key here is mental toughness, outside shooting and well-executed plays both in offense and defense. Also, they should set more picks for the shooters( esp. Ritualo, Alapag) and execute more full-court presses/trapping defense.

The "gigil factor" will be a major concern in our game tomorrow vs. China. I'm still hoping that we will overcome the "myth of invincibility of China" that we harbor with respect to the Chinese team since I believe the problem of the team is more of the mental aspect, more than anything else.

I really hope that we'll win our 2 games vs. China and Jordan or else, it will be another black day for Philippine Basketball ( at least for a basketball junkie like me)...

07-28-2007, 08:49 PM
IRI/PHI - Kamrany's composure wins the day for Iran

TOKUSHIMA (FIBA Asia Championship) - Back in the National Team, from an injury forced four-month lay-off, Iranian point guard Mahdi Kamrany had more points to prove in the Group 'A' encounter against Iran on Saturday. And the way the proceedings went, it was indeed an uphill task for the 25-year-old to display his complete set of wares up to the optimum level.

But only till that moment in the dying moments of the game, when the Mehram point guard chose to seize the opportunity to seal the most decisive move of the humdinger of an encounter.

With about 0:24s left in the match, and with his side struggling to hold on to the razor edge 71-69 lead, Kamrany's sharp sense of opportunism came to the fore.

With Philippines resorting to full court pressure - and almost getting the expected returns - and his side striving to cope with that pressure, Kamrany got possession of the ball. Instead of releasing it immediately, a move which had resulted in hasty profligacies on earlier occasions, Kamrany chose to hold the ball for that extra second.

That delay, brought about a sense of calm on Iran's nerves, and when Kamrany released the ball, Moosa Nabipoor, present exactly where he was expected, produced a slam dunk -- to take his personal to score a match high 25 -- and effectively sealed the issue in Iran's favor.

Philippines, thus, were left on the defeated side despite a splendid 33-24 advantage in the fourth quarter. With most of their mainstays forced out either due to injuries or fouls -Kerby Raymondo for five personal fouls and Donaldo Hontiveros for two technical fouls - Philippines had staged a gallant fight back, riding on Michael Pennisi's sudden strike of form from the perimeter. But Kamrany's show of calm at the time of stormy moves by most of the players, on either side, dealt a severe blow to Filipino hopes.

That last minute show tactical sense, along with an overall domination of the game and scoring in the first three quarters was to Iran's advantage.

"I'm really proud of the way my boys fought back. It was virtually from a no-hope situation that we had to fight after losing our key players due to various reasons," Philippines coach Vincent 'Chot' Reyes said.

"Pennisi and Alapag were brilliant in opening up their defense and Gabriel was magical inside," Reyes said.

Iran coach Toromon Rijko called it "a combination of nervous brains and tired legs."

"Our game was definitely not up to our expected standards. But I think the way we held them back in the final quarter showed we were the better team overall," the Serbian added.

"But I'm sure we can play much better."


Iran 75 (Moosa Nabipoor 25, Mahdi Kamrany 12) bt
Philippines 69 (Kerby Raymondo 15, Jim Alapag 12)
Quarterwise: 19-14, 30-25, 51-36.

S Mageshwaran

07-29-2007, 01:49 AM
Going from the team's performance today against Iran, I'm afraid that the Philippines won't make it out of the eliminations. Our players gave it all, but they were completely outplayed by the much taller Iranians. If not for the atrocious foul throw shooting of Iran, the lead would have been much bigger than it was at the end.

I refrained from criticizing the coach prior to the eliminator despite the poor results in warmup games, but after the way the team played today, Chot Reyes isn't the right coach for the job of bringing the Philippines back to a prominent position in Asian basketball. Despite the supposed preparation for the international game, the coaches failed to adapt the nationals' game to suit the international amateur rules.

The Filipinos' style of play still smacks too much of the PBA rather than the international amateur game, particularly on the offensive side. Too much dribbling, too many one-on-one plays, too many individualistic moves. The tendency of our players to go for the flashy results like dunking in traffic still shows the influence of the pro game patterned after the NBA, which may look good but doesn't work anymore in the international scene.

The coach's tendency to give superstar type players more floor time instead of using a larger rotation resulted in the wrong players getting overexposed while others got little or no playing time. Caguioa got entirely too much playing time despite his strong individualistic tendencies to over dribble, hoist hurried shots, and attempt to take his man on the dribble.

Our man-to-man defense was easily dismantled by the taller and faster Iranians, and our zone defense barely kept them out of scoring position. On offense, it was mostly one-on-one, with very little screening for our shooters (Renren couldn't show his stuff because his number was never called).

We played like pros (the word amateur is probably better, but in this context, the wrong term) in an amateur league. Will we make it past the elims? Highly unlikely, unless the coach gets to totally change the way the team plays in one day. Tomorrow we play China, which lost today, and which will be looking for vindication against us.

The critics were right earlier. Changes should have been made earlier in the coaching staff, and in the way the team is being prepared. We're not going to make it to the Olympics.

07-29-2007, 02:13 AM
walang shooter eh. for the past months laging emphasized and need for shooters, wala naman pala. tinanggal na nga si yap, di pa halos ginamit si ritualo. sa tangkad ng mga iranian na yun, slim to no chance na para umubra inside game natin. puro butata ang inabot.mga sure shot nila caguioa at danny s sa PBA kanina wala na. absolutely no outside threat especially the 1st 3 quarters. sayang. yap couldve helped.

Howard the Duck
07-29-2007, 08:51 AM
UP - Talo
UE - Talo
DLSU - Talo
ADMU - Talo na may tech pa :o
UST - Coach Siot ikaw na lang! ;D

07-29-2007, 09:34 AM
Iran halts RP five; Chot rues officiating
By Nelson Beltran
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Philippine Star

TOKUSHIMA, Japan – The SMC-Philippine team was assessed a dubious bench technical foul at the height of its endgame siege against Iran, losing the momentum and eventually the match at the start of the FIBA-Asia men’s championship at ASTY Tokushima here last night.

The Nationals suffered a stinging 69-75 defeat that put them in a bind early in the Group of Death of the tourney serving as Asian qualifier for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

The RP squad, which struggled in the first three quarters of play, was down by only a point at 68-69 when called the questionable technical foul stymieing the team’s comeback bid.

Greek referee N. Zavianos called a technical as the RP team bench stood up when no call was made for what looked like a travelling violation committed by Iranian pointguard Mahdi Kamrany.

RP team coach Chot Reyes said he couldn’t believe Zavianos could make that call to decide the outcome of the game.

“We have nothing against Iran. They played well and they deserved to win. But we just wanted a fair share. The refs made an unbelievable call that spoiled a great match. I can’t go over it,” said Reyes.

Mohammad Nikkhah converted the two charities and the Iranians held on to the finish, sharing early Group A lead with Jordan which clobbered China, 78-65, earlier in the day.

Iran and Jordan fight for the solo lead while RP and China battle for survival in Day Two of the preliminary round today.

“One thing I like about this team is that it never quits fighting. We’re not gonna stop fighting. We just have to find a way how to battle these tough teams in our group,” said Reyes, remaining hopeful they can make it to the quarterfinal round.

Against the Iranians, the Filipinos went down fighting tooth and nail to the finish despite the early exit of key players Dondon Hontiveros, Mark Caguioa, Asi Taulava, Danny Seigle and Jimmy Alapag.

Hontiveros went out early on two fouls for unsportsmanlike behaviour, Caguioa on five regular fouls, Taulava and Seigle on sprained ankles and Alapag on cramps.

Nonetheless, the Nationals never gave up, rallying from a 17-point deficit as they got back into the game heading to the finish.

Alapag and Mick Pennisi strung up three straight triples, sparking a 19-6 run that had the Nationals coming within one at 62-63.

The two teams traded six points apiece, and the game had looked headed for a dramatic ending when Zavianos delivered a dagger through the RP team’s heart on his technical foul verdict with time down to 57.1 seconds.

“Unless you enter the playing court and you yell at his face, you don’t call a technical foul in a game like that,” rued Reyes.

Iran coach Rajko Toroman said they learned their lessons in their 10-point defeat to the Philippines in the Jones Cup that’s why they were able to get back at the Filipinos.

“We covered well, they’re outside shooters. We did that for 30 minutes until they finally hit their shots in the fourth quarter,” said Toroman.

Caguioa, the RP team’s top scorer in the Jones Cup, was held to seven points on 1-of-11 field-goal shooting.

The Nationals just couldn’t organize their offense in the face of the Iranians’ tough defense in the first half, committing numerous turnovers and hitting only 18 percent of their shots.

The RP squad was fortunate the Iranians couldn’t convert their foul shots, missing 15 of 21 attempts.

But Iran took control right at the start and enjoyed an 11-point spread at 27-16 on a six-to-nothing run by Kamrany, Mohammad Nikkah and Hamed Ehadadi midway through the second period.

The Nationals countered with nine unanswered points courtesy of Alapag, Seigle and Hontiveros as they closed in at 25-27.

07-29-2007, 09:35 AM
RP ranks second to last
SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin M. Henson
Sunday, July 29, 2007

In the latest FIBA world rankings, the Philippines is way below the totem pole at No. 65. Only Indonesia, in a two-way tie for No. 71, is listed lower among the 16 teams now in Tokushima for the FIBA-Asia Olympic qualifiers.

The Philippines topped the recent SEABA Championships to gain a ticket to Tokushima and runner-up Indonesia also clinched a berth as the second entry from the FIBA-Asia sub-zone. Obviously, there is little regard in FIBA’s eyes for SEABA where Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and Vietnam fall under.

The highest ranked FIBA team in Tokushima is No. 11 China.

Here are the world rankings of the other countries in the FIBA-Asia Olympic qualifiers – No. 23 Lebanon, No. 25 South Korea, No. 27 Qatar, No. 31 Japan, No. 37 Iran, No. 40 Chinese-Taipei, No. 44 Syria, No. 45 Kuwait, No. 47 India, No. 50 Hong Kong, Kazakhstan and Jordan (tied for No. 56) and No. 61 United Arab Emirates.

Only 73 countries were listed in FIBA’s latest world rankings with Madagascar at the bottom of the heap.

* * *

It appears China couldn’t care less about winning in Tokushima with an Olympic ticket to Beijing a sure thing as host nation.

At the recent Manila Invitationals, the Tokushima-bound Chinese squad finished fourth and last. There were rumors that coach Adijan Chang Bin would recruit at least three players from China’s A team to reinforce the squad but in the end, only 6-5 Chen Lei was brought in to replace Zhang Qingpeng.

Curiously, Adijan took out one of his four original picks from China’s 22-man national pool. Zhang’s dismissal left only Wang Yong, Han Shuo and Yang Ming from the pool in China’s selection for Tokushima.

China’s A team is playing in the Stankovic Cup while Adijan’s squad is trying to keep head above water in the Olympic qualifiers.

China’s vulnerability was evident in its opening day 78-65 loss to Jordan in Tokushima yesterday. The Philippines plays China today in a crucial match that could determine the second team from Group A to advance to the quarterfinals.

* * *

The only naturalized players in Tokushima rosters are Lebanon’s Joe Vogel of Colorado State and Jordan’s Rasheim Wright of District of Columbia.

Vogel, 33, was drafted by the Seattle SuperSonics in the 1996 NBA draft. He played as an import in Turkey, Japan and Saudi Arabia before taking out Lebanese citizenship in time to lead Lebanon to second place in the FIBA-Asia Championships in 2001. The 6-11 center has represented Lebanon in the last two World Championships.

Wright, 26, has guaranteed an Olympic ticket for Jordan.

A player whom Jordan tried to smuggle into Tokushima has been disqualified. Seven-foot center Dshmal Schoetz (renamed Maitah) averaged 6.2 points and 4.1 rebounds for Jordan’s title squad in the recent Jones Cup where the MVP was Wright.

But it was discovered that Schoetz played for Germany’s under-18 national squad in 1998. Under FIBA rules, a player may see action for only one national team in his lifetime. So if Schoetz ever hopes to play in a FIBA tournament again, it’ll be only for Germany.

* * *

Iran shocked South Korea, 89-75, and edged Japan, 69-64, to end a 55-year absence from the semifinals of the Asian Games in Doha last year. Iran lost to Qatar in the semifinals and settled for the bronze by crushing Jordan, 84-78.

Iran’s 6-6 forward Samad Bahrami was the Asian Games’ leading scorer and heads the squad in Tokushima with brother Aydin who is 6-7.

Iran’s coach is Serbian Rejko Toroman who was an assistant coach of the Yugoslavian national team with head coaching experience in the Hungarian and Dutch leagues.

* * *

PBL director for games conduct Levy Valenzuela listed key rules to watch for in Tokushima.

Here are the basic FIBA rules – 10-minute quarters, five personal fouls to disqualify, two free throws and possession as penalty for every technical foul, a flagrant or disqualifying foul will mean ejection plus the usual penalty for a technical foul, allowed ball interference above the rim after it touches the ring (no defensive or offensive goaltending in this case), technical and offensive fouls count as team and personal fouls, only one jumpball is allowed at the start of the game, possession arrow system is applied, trapezoidal shaded lane and two unsportsmanlike fouls mean ejection.

Valenzuela, 57, also pointed out that unlike in the PBA, once a player releases the ball for a shot, control ends so that if it’s an air ball, the same player may pick up the ball without a previous bounce and it wouldn’t be a traveling violation.

Valenzuela has been a licensed FIBA referee since 1995. He began his career as a referee in 1988 after playing for Gaerlan Oil in the commercial leagues. He played for Roxas high school in Paco but never for the Philippine College of Commerce where he graduated. Valenzuela and wife Lelet (they’ve been married 32 years) have three sons – Linberg, 31, Lyndon, 28, Liland, 25 – but none ever played the game seriously.

07-29-2007, 01:17 PM
Does FIBA have drug testing? if not there are a lot of psych drugs for calmness, nervousness , promote alertness and focus. I won't be surprised if some of our FIBA opponents right now are taking this drugs or even worse performance enhancers :

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There are several prescription drugs which are used in the treatment of anxiety disorder. Lorazepam, alprazolam, and buspirone are often prescribed along with antidepressants. Sometimes hormonal secretion from the thyroid or adrenal glands cause nervousness and need specific treatment. Psychological counseling may also be useful in the treatment of nervousness.

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Vitamin B, especially B-6, also helps in the manufacture of serotonin in the brain. Supplements of Vitamin B6 have been used in the treatment of anxiety disorder. Food rich in antioxidants together with essential fats help in improving energy levels and may relieve the feelings of anxiety. Dehydration may also add to anxiety and nervousness, so it is advisable to ensure a good fluid intake. Hot drinks may have a calming effect, but try avoid excess caffeine.

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Effects: Ritalin's effects begin shortly after ingestion and last about three hours. At low doses, methylphenidate increases alertness and focus, while blocking hunger and fatigue. Objective effects include increases in heart rate, blood pressure, and body temperature.

Dark Knight
07-29-2007, 01:29 PM
As I expected, we lose against Iran, 75-69

I keep keep telling you guys that the Philippines do not have what it takes to win in an international competition, much more enter the Olympics. (Taas ng pangarap, lol) International competiton, especially the very prestigious Olympics requires a different DISCIPILINE. International events do not require FLASHY ASSIST, THUNDEROUS SLAMS or FANCY DRIBBLES. All we need is basic basketball and thats it.

Sure sasabihin nating PINOY natalo tayo sa tawag na technical against the bench or coach Chot. This would be the lamest excuse we can think of. We lost because of our OWN doing. Imagine, letting Iran led by as much as 13. Then what do we do for the rest of the game? Play a damning catch up until we fell short in the end. Kung kelan malaki na ang LAMANG, saka tayo HAHABOL. Asus, and we call ourselves PROS.

Breaks of the game are part of any game. With less than a 2 minutes, Iran comitted a 5second inbound violation. Good. But what do we do? WE RETURN the favor by committing the same STUPID mistake. HELTERBRAND, are you an amateur? or a pro? O sige na nga, TAO lang si JAYJAY. But never in my life saw Helterbrand commit a 5 second infraction in the PBA.

Kirby carried the fight till the end. Good. Doing what the PROS are good in doing. FISHING for fouls. The dirty trick. The problem with this is, he doesnt really aiming for the shot. He's AIMING for the foul. So it doesnt matter if he got the shot as long as he got the foul. Ilan ang napa graduate ni Kirby. 3 to 4 Iranians. But still we came short. It doesnt work that way in international tourneys.


1. We are Professionals (lol)
2. 90% of our line up are Fil-Foreign players.

With these, we play against an all Iranian team. Come to think of it. Kung tutuusin, dapat PURE PINOYS ang panlaban natin dahil UNFAIR sa ibang bansa who are fielding their OWN players. The Pinoy way is CAGUIOA hacking an Iranian in disgust that merited him a technical Foul. What a childish decision.!

Ang GAGALING ng players natin, sa PBA, pero sa international events, THEY are JUST ORDINARY Players. Ang galing nilang mag ACROBATIC SHOTS, DUNKS, at lahat ng klaseng enetrtainment sa Basketball. Paero di yan ini intindi ng ibang bansa. BASIC PLAYS lang ang kanila, ok na.

Imagine our opponents have been playing for YEARS TOGETHER while we are palying AGAINST EACH OTHER. Then, 3 to 4 months before the competition, HUGOT ng HUGOT kung saan saan at mag pa practice ng ganun ganun lang. Its like, picking all the juicy vegetables and putting it in a pot without cooking. Asan na yung tres nila Ritualo? Hontiveros? Pennissi? Ni wala tayong 6'8" na player.

MALAS lang ba? O tayo ang gumagawa ng MALAS? Wag na tayong mangarap sa OLYMPICS. Kahit mag ka apo ako, di ko makikita ang Pilipinas sa Olympics. Thats the painfulk f**** truth. Iba ang basketball noon sa ngayon.

We will never learn. Peace! ;D

Howard the Duck
07-29-2007, 01:42 PM
All teams have professional players. Even the indo league has pinoys imports :P

07-29-2007, 08:01 PM
Thank God we escaped with a win over China today! (79-74)

In the other Group A game, Jordan is leading Iran 33-21 halftime.
If Jordan wins hopefully they win by a large margin, para hindi malaki yung kailangan nating ilamang sa Jordan to get a superior quotient.

If Iran somehow wins (and also beats China tomorrow) then RP-Jordan will be a virtual KO game.

07-29-2007, 08:40 PM
RP zaps China, 79-74

The RP-Team beat China, 79-74, during Sunday’s FIBA-Asia Championship game in Tokushima, Japan.

The Chinese were ahead of the Filipinos during the closing of the first half.

The Filipinos, however, bounced back in the second half with Mark Caguioa and Kelly Williams leading the pack.

On Saturday, the Philippine team lost to to Iran, 75-69. The Filipinos questioned the officiating that allegedly led to their loss.

07-29-2007, 09:22 PM
PHI / CHN - Filipinos rise to coach's challenge; China out of title race

TOKUSHIMA (FIBA Asia Championship) - "I just challenged my players to play all the 40 minutes like they played the last six minutes yesterday. And they rose to meet my challenge," beamed Philippines coach Vincent 'Chot' Reyes after his team caused a remarkable turnaround to down defending champions China on Sunday.

The 79-74 win, which pushed China effectively out of the contention for the Championship, left the Filipinos needing to beat Jordan on Monday to stay alive.

Having trailed all along, and faced up with a 56-57 deficit going into the final 10 minutes, Philippines fought tooth and nail and struck success.

Point guard Jim Alapag, whom Reyes called "the spiritual leader of our team", led the Philippines cause top scoring the game with 25 points along with five rebounds and three assists. Two of those assists, which Mark Anthony Caguioa converted, proved decisive for Philippines to take charge of the proceedings at the start of the fourth quarter.

China, on the other hand, looked bemused by their rivals' rally. Yi Li and Bo Wang, who otherwise had an impressive outing, went out of form and the fluency was lost. And thus the Chinese hopes of a fifth consecutive title disappeared.

"It was bound to happen, given the inexperience of the team," Chinese coach Adijiang reasoned out. "In fact, I was quite surprised they allowed us to build the lead. That way, I must say I'm satisfied with the way my team played before they fought back."

On China bowing out of the Championship race, Adijiang said, "I'm not surprised at all. When we decided to bring this team, we knew what to expect. Or to put it better, what not to expect."

Philippines 79 (Jim Alapag 25, Mark Anthony Caguioa 16, Kerby Raymondo 12)
bt China 74 (Yi Li 14,* Bo Wang 14, Ke Li 13).
Quarterwise: 19-25, 38-49, 56-57.

S Mageshwaran

07-29-2007, 10:03 PM
A lot will be said about our performance in the recent FIBA ASIA tournament, both positive and negative.

Lets not brag that we brought in professionals to form our team because it won't matter..., the other teams play their own professional players from their own professional leagues , often masking as amateur in status, but probably even earning more than what PBA players earn. In FIBA basketball, there is no longer differentiation of amateur or professional. And we all know that a team of NBA players no longer assures a sure Gold Medal. But its good to remember how China was onced awed the first time we sent our PBA players against them in a FIBA tournament. Even if we did lose to them.

Fil-am players should no longer be an issue. Other teams brought in naturalized players the way we once did with our NCC team of the past (Chip Engelland, Jeff Moore, etc.) We have no naturalized player in this years team but only Filipino players as recognized by our constitution. Joe Vogel was once a 2nd rd NBA draft pick from Colorado St., but plays as a naturalized player of Lebanon. We could have done the same but it wasn't deemed necessary.

We real issue is we lack the experience of FIBA play, having been banned from FIBA tournaments for more than a year. And the fact that our previous basketball season prevented our best players from doing so. Another problem is admittingly, we do lack height in this sport.

But what are the positives: we are very skilled, both in handling and shooting the ball. We have a passion for the sport not seen in any other Asian country except probably China (courtesy of Yao Ming). And the PBA has sacrificed both financially, and more, to change their schedules and allow the best Filipino players to compete in FIBA Tournaments. We may not win now... but we will in the future because of the steps we are making.

Eventually, height will not be a problem as we begin to churn out taller players. Stellar plays are brought in by Fil-ams to inspire future Filipino born players to expand their games. Trainings to play against European Teams should continue. European imports for PBA games is in the works. Europeans do play simple basketball, but they do show fancy but effective basketball too in a different manner to Americans. Their advantage over Americans is that they are more familiar with FIBA officiating and style of play.

We are in the the right direction and lets give a hand to those who do their best to lead the way. Including our current national team.

07-30-2007, 10:12 AM
If Iran somehow wins (and also beats China tomorrow) then RP-Jordan will be a virtual KO game.

Iran beat Jordan, also by 6 points, same as vs RP. They outscored Jordan 25-8 in the 3rd Qtr.
Consequently, Iran is assured of 1st place in Group A, as they're 2-0 and already beat both 1-1 teams - RP and Jordan.

So RP-Jordan tonight is a virtual knockout game, with the winner finishing the round 2-1 and advancing to the next round.

07-30-2007, 11:33 AM
RP 5 storms past China in big rally

The Philippine Star

TOKUSHIMA, Japan – The Philippines’ Olympic quest lived on Sunday night as the Nationals, on sheer fighting heart, beat the Chinese quintet for the first time in 22 years.

With their Beijing mission looking headed for a Tokushima disaster, the Nationals fought with tremendous grit and guts, hacking out a stirring 79-74 come-from-behind victory over the Chinese to stay in contention for the FIBA-Asian championship quarterfinal round.

Egged on by a Filipino cheering crowd at Asty Tokushima, the Nationals gallantly fought back from a 13-point deficit in the third quarter and beat out the Chinese at the finish, thus keeping their hopes for a return stint in the Olympics after a wait of over three decades.

The Nationals fashioned out the epic victory over the Chinese with Danny Seigle out on injury and Asi Taulava playing on one healthy foot.

With the odds stacked against them, Jimmy Alapag, Mark Caguioa, Kerby Raymundo and Kelly Williams rose to the occasion and bailed the Nationals out. The four combined for all but 15 of the team’s total output.

"It was all about playing 40 minutes of pure heart," said RP team coach Chot Reyes as they survived what could have been outright relegation to the consolation round.

"I challenged the boys to play tonight the way we played the last six minutes of our game against Iran. Obviously, they responded," Reyes added.

Alapag, the goat in the RP team’s close defeat versus the same Chinese team in the recent Manila Invitationals, stood tall last night as he scored a game-high 25 points that went with five rebounds and three assists in 27 minutes of action.

Caguioa added 16 points, including a barreling drive with time down to eight seconds,, giving the Philippines a 77-74 cushion.

Williams had a solid all-around game which he capped with a steal on a lob pass by Ke Li to Chen Chen with 3.6 seconds to go as the Nationals all but sealed the country’s first win over China since the Ron Jacobs-mentored RP 5 beat the Chinese for the 1985 ABC championship.

"It’s a matter of honor and respect for the Philippines, not particularly in beating China, but performing well in Asia. We’re driven by quest for respect," said Reyes.

"We might be giving few inches and pounds, being the smallest in our group, but I think our heart is second to none. We’re a team that never loses hope, and we intend to show another example of that tomorrow (Monday) against Jordan," Reyes also said.

As in their game against Iran, the Nationals were off to a jittery start and trailed by double-digit deficits right in the opening quarter.

They used trapping defense to get into the game, coming within three at 27-30 on a five-point binge by Caguioa.

Settling down, the Chinese, however, came through with another key run to get their biggest lead at 41-27.

Earlier in the day, host Japan, Qatar and Kazakhstan each scored a second straight win to gain entry into the quarterfinals.

Japan upended Lebanon, 77-67, to gain solo lead in Group B while Qatar repulsed Indonesia, 86-45, and Kazakhstan trounced India, 97-74, as they held sway in Group C.

Unied Arab Emirates rebounded from a loss to Japan Saturday with a 69-68 squeaker over Kuwait to stay in the fight for the quarters in Group B.

07-30-2007, 11:41 AM
Why RP five lost to Iran


TOKUSHIMA, Japan — In three 10-minute quarters, or about the same time it takes an average basketball-loving Filipino to take an afternoon nap, the dream of an Olympic Games appearance for a basketball team in 35 years turned into nightmare Saturday when San Miguel-Pilipinas lost to Iran in its opening preliminary round game in the 24th FIBAAsia Men’s Championship.

Thrown into the company of voracious wolves, including defending China, during the draw, the Nationals were hoping to use the Iranians as stepping stones for a much-awaited confrontation with the Chinese who they beat during the 4-Nation Manila Invitational a week before they departed for Japan.

Instead they got buried under tons of Iranian offense for three-quarters of the game, compounded by their most woeful shooting performance to date.

The eventually came back behind the heroism of Kerby Raymundo and Mick Pennisi, SMC-RP’s 10th and 12th men in the roster, only to get waylaid in the end by a forewarned, but ignored, bench technical that put the Nationals in a do-or-die situation with China Sunday night.

Whatever the outcome of SMC-RP’s attempt to scale the Great Wall, here in bullet form is the tangible anatomy of the defeat that shove the Nationals’ Olympic endeavor at the precipice of a disastrous end.

• SMC-RP missed 33 of their two-point field goal attempts and 18 of their 3-pointers.

• Mark Caguioa shot 1 for 11 with 7 turnovers and 0 assist.

• Jimmy Alapag went 1 for 12 with 1 assist.

• Dondon Hontiveros, Gabe Norwood and Kelly Williams went 2 for 12 from the floor combined.

• Though both teams had the same number of turnovers (17), Iran had a 13 to 11 edge in steals and a 6 to 1 advantage in blocked shots to offset a 20 to 10 offensive rebounding deficit.

• The final score, 75-69, indicated a close game but Iran’s winning margin would have been much bigger had it converted even half of its 24 missed free throws.

Kid Cubao
07-30-2007, 01:47 PM
^^ sending iran to the free throw line was successful in our rally. we knew they were bricking it that night, so the team had no qualms getting into early foul trouble if it means we will be rewarded with a fresh possession. you could see it in their body language in some of the iranian players; they'd rather have their teeth pulled that very moment than take their freebies.

07-30-2007, 04:26 PM
good luck RP Team!

question, ala bang coverage ito sa ESPN or Star Sports (like the recently concluded Jones Cup)?

nakakainis kasing commentator si Chino Trinidad, OA! >:(

07-30-2007, 05:03 PM
good luck RP Team!

question, ala bang coverage ito sa ESPN or Star Sports (like the recently concluded Jones Cup)?

nakakainis kasing commentator si Chino Trinidad, OA! >:(

actually mas asar ako kay quinito henson

07-30-2007, 05:18 PM
good luck RP Team!

question, ala bang coverage ito sa ESPN or Star Sports (like the recently concluded Jones Cup)?

nakakainis kasing commentator si Chino Trinidad, OA!* >:(

actually mas asar ako kay quinito henson

hehehe, actually ako rin, mas asar lang siguro ako konti ke Chino... OA na OA talaga... si quinito naman, knows all, feeling basketball guru, hehehe....
kaya nga naghahanap ako ng coverage sa ibang network. meron nga ba?

07-30-2007, 05:29 PM
Ano na kaya score? Lumipat kami ng opis, wala na TV! :(

Binigay sa aking Link: http://netcasting.mbt.lt/fiba/jp/netcasting/

Olats ang intarnets sa opis, ambagal mag load! Lamang daw tayo 29-21 3 mins remaining sa 2nd. GO PILIPINAS!!

07-30-2007, 05:47 PM
Half time, 2 na lang lamang natin

Pilipinas 35
Jordan 33

07-30-2007, 05:54 PM
9min left 3rd

Tabla 35

takte kinakabahan ako.

07-30-2007, 05:56 PM
7mins 3rd

P 39
J 38

07-30-2007, 06:00 PM
5mins 3rd

PHI 43
JOR 41

umiinit daw yung #13 ng Jordan. dalawang sunod na tres, 14 pts na siya

07-30-2007, 06:04 PM
PHI 50
JOR 49

di na ako makatrabaho. sori boss :)

07-30-2007, 06:09 PM
end of 3rd

PHI 51 - asi 12, caguioa 9, norwood 9
JOR 54 - wright 17 (yung black, 8 sa 3rd), #13 14pts

07-30-2007, 06:09 PM
PHI 50
JOR 49

di na ako makatrabaho. sori boss :)

di ka namin isusumbong *;D

07-30-2007, 06:12 PM
9 mins 4th

PHI 51
JOR 56


07-30-2007, 06:12 PM
caguioa 4 fouls na. 2 sunod offensive. leche

07-30-2007, 06:14 PM
7 mins timeout tayo

PHI 51
JOR 60


07-30-2007, 06:18 PM

PHI 53
JOR 64

gusto ko na hatawin keyboard ko

07-30-2007, 06:23 PM
walang update...hinataw na nga yata....

07-30-2007, 06:24 PM
4 1/2 mins


olats sa rebounds 24-41

07-30-2007, 06:25 PM
3 1/2


07-30-2007, 06:27 PM
2 1/4


kailangan na natin ng mirakulo..

07-30-2007, 06:32 PM
3/4 min


olats nanaman sa 4th

07-30-2007, 06:33 PM
foul pa ng foul e. talo kung talo

07-30-2007, 06:36 PM



07-30-2007, 06:46 PM
We got killed by Jordan's offensive rebounding...they were shooting airballs but retrieving them for easy layups.
Kaka-inggit din yung free throw shooting nila at the end, they almost didn't miss.

So I think we still have 4 games remaining to try to salvage 9th place. Round robin ulit in one "loser's bracket" group with Syria, India and Kuwait ata, then one game vs the other loser's group (China, UAE, Indonesia, HK) to determine final placing.

Puro umaga (8am?) na yata yung mga games na ito. Sana at least we end on a high note...though it's possible we face China again as our last game!

07-30-2007, 06:58 PM
Man, this sucks. :-[

07-30-2007, 07:02 PM
we can't change overnight. our players were still playing at PBA pace offensively and defensively. opposing teams just seemed quicker, faster, stronger not to mention bigger. hindi talaga pwede cramming. hope we continue this level of commitment all the way for another attempt at london 2012. methinks, though, that there'll be a lot of finger-pointing when this is over, press statements from go teng kok and graham lim, and our long-term program will once again be stalled.

Howard the Duck
07-30-2007, 07:17 PM
ibalik na ang BAP!

sa kankungan!

07-30-2007, 07:49 PM
Here's what I said in reply to a post made by a distraught 15-year-old in Interbasket.net:

Dude, you said you'll be 20 by 2012, right? That makes you fifteen years old now. A lot can happen within those five years. China might lose both Yao Ming and Yi Jianlian to injury. Ronnie Aguilar might be a legit Fil-Am after all. Gian Chiu might decide not to play for DLSU (you read it right, folks) and transfer to a D-I school. And maybe JC Intal might decide to play point guard. A lot can happen. Even your youthful enthusiasm (I can't blame you, you're still young) will be tempered by defeat and sharpened by victory.

Easy, man. You don't lose sleep about this kind of thing. You sleep it off and go to school the next day. In five years, you'll find yourself looking for a job. Or poring through basketball forums at the office because the rain won't let you go home. That's the way life, and basketball, is. Getting beaten does suck, bigtime, but in the end, it's not you, the spectator, who'll bear the pain. It's the players who suffer most. If you feel bad now, think about Gabe Norwood in the locker room right now, looking down at his feet. He has not felt this kind of pain before, not even in last year's NCAA Final Four loss to Florida. That kid has tasted victory in all levels except for this one. I tell you, he will be back with a vengeance at the WBC. Our players will not live this one down. We should not live this one down.

There are four games to go in the consolation round. Getting ninth place will be a feat for a team twitted as one of the smallest in the tournament and one which did not have the benefit of a coherent long-term program.

This is not the end, mga kababayan. This is just the beginning.

07-30-2007, 08:09 PM
JOR/PHI - Jordan reign where Philippines falter

TOKUSHIMA (FIBA Asia Championship) - Jordan adapted the wait-and-watch policy to almost perfection as they outthought, outwitted and eventually outscored a charged up, but error-prone, Philippines 84-76 in the make-or-break Group 'A' encounter on Monday.

"I think we defended rather well in the third and final quarter," said Jordan coach Mario Palma.

"Also I think we were helped by some of their wayward shooting. I was a little shocked to see those shots, but I'm not complaining," the Portuguese added.

Philippines began rather confidently, with the speedy Mark Anthony Caguioa and the tall Pauliasi Taulava controlling the proceedings. The scoreboard was ticking at regular intervals, the defense seemed to hold itself and much to the joy of their fans Philippines seemed to be on a roll.

All that changed like the clichéd bolt from the blue, as Jordan, slowly but surely took charge. Rasheim Wright, who had been pushed into the oblivion by the Filipino rampage, started to call the shots. Sam Daghles and Zaid Alkhas moved, and succeeded, with customary cohesion and Jordan were truly back, and in style.

Where Jordan kept improving, Philippines' graph went on a nose-dive. A couple of fortuituous long rangers - some of them by Jim Alapag from almost near the center-line raised Philippines' hopes, but by then Jordan had wrapped the game under their control.

"I think we lost it when we went ahead 18-13 at the end of the first quarter. Better off to trail and bounce back than go ahead and get complacent," said Philippines coach Vincent 'Chot' Reyes.

Jordan 84 (Rasheim Wright 24, Sam Daghles 22, Zaid Alkhas 16) bt
Philippines 76 (Pauliasi Talava 14, Jim Alapag 10)
Quarterwise: 13-18, 35-33, 54-51

S Mageshwaran

07-30-2007, 08:09 PM
I cant understand why renren did not get the right minutes? May injury ba siya or anything??

07-30-2007, 08:20 PM
JOR/PHI - Jordan reign where Philippines falter

"I think we lost it when we went ahead 18-13 at the end of the first quarter. Better off to trail and bounce back than go ahead and get complacent," said Philippines coach Vincent 'Chot' Reyes.

what a silly remark..tsk tsk...can't help but to feel disappointed with the results and put the blame ( at least the heavier weight elements to the coaching staff) ...after all the hype in the pros and the salaries...haaay..."tinimbang ngunit kulang"...

the best consolation I think is beating China's team B.... a Chinese team in 22 years... hew!

Dark Knight
07-30-2007, 09:09 PM
]I keep telling you guys, hindi tayo makakarating sa Olympics. Not in our time, not in my grandchildrens time. Yung bonus incentive para sa ibang slot, hindi rin tayo mananalo dun. Not with the system that we have

Im not happy with the loss of Team Pilipinas, Im MAD at our preparation system. Yung mga Iranians, Jordanians, Chinese teams, after this tournament and after the Olympics, sila pa rin ang magkakampi when they get home. They will still compete in various tournaments hanggang sa next Plympics in 2012. Eh yung team natin? Pag uwi sa Pilipinas, magkakalaban na yan. Each will go to their respective teams at ayun. MAGPAPAYABANGAN na naman sa PBA. Pag malapit na ang 2012 Olympics, Huhugut na naman kung saan saang team and we will practice for 3 months. Sasamahan pa ng POLITICS. Pupulutin tayo lagi sa kangkungan nyan.

SUSMARYOSEP, yung national teams ng ibang bansa, laging nag pa practice All Year Round kaya hasang hasa. Eh tayo, sigurado ibang team ang ilalaban natin. Walang continuation. Walang kwenta.

Sa SEA Games me pag asa tayo. Imagine kalaban natin dun Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, malaysia. Mga ka level natin yun. Pero sa Asian Games? Wag na tayong Umasa. Kalaban na naman natin ang Korea, Jordan, Lebanon, Japan at China.

Hanggat ganito ang sistema natin, magkakalat lang tayo sa international tourneys. Yung line up na sinuggest ni Pareng Fujima, ngayon pa lang, i train na for the 2012 Olympics at wag na paglaruin sa PBA. Papayag ba sila eh pera pera lang ang labanan dito. FILIPINO PLAYERS PLAY FOR MONEY, NOT FOR THEIR COUNTRY. Na obliga lang naman ang mga pros natin para maglaro. Dahil nakakahiya kung walang ilalaban ang Pilipinas.

Isa lang ang paraan para manalo in this kind of events, kung saan kilalang kilala ang Pinoy. BLAME THE OFFICIATING.

Taga nyo sa bato, mamamatay na ko, di pa tayo makakabalik sa Olympics.

07-30-2007, 09:11 PM
sayang. yun lang ang masasabi ko sa naging laro ng Team Pilipinas kanina. ::)

07-30-2007, 09:36 PM
After our loss to Iran, I kinda expected us not to make it to the next round. Watching how our team played, the PBA style was very evident, and as the Team USA has discovered, the pro game style they popularized (which we aped) just doesn't cut it in the international game.

We just beat China after a long while. Big deal - that was Team B or Team C. They've qualified for the Olympics, and didn't have to send their best team.

While some countries can keep their teams together, others don't because their players are all over the basketball globe. For example, how can Argentina and Spain, which feature pros who play all over Europe and the US, attain the pinnacle of success? They can't keep their teams together year round, but they are successful even though they can only get the players during the basketball off season. The international style requires much more teamwork, passing, and fluidity than the individualistic style promoted by the NBA and the PBA.

Let's not use cramming as an excuse. Argentina and Spain also cram, but their coaches don't have to reinvent the wheel because they know the international style, and there's no learning curve there. Our players simply have a different mindset that's very difficult to unlearn. Our national team coaches also probably have the same paradigm of what good basketball is all about, and they all think alike since they are all connected with PBA teams.

If we ever want to get to the Olympics, it will take a paradigm shift in building the team, from the coaches down to the players. We're just following the footsteps of the USA, and until we accept that the pro and FIBA games are very different, we'll only be successful in the Asean level. Sad, but that's reality.

Dark Knight
07-30-2007, 09:49 PM
sayang. yun lang ang masasabi ko sa naging laro ng Team Pilipinas kanina. ::)

Yep, sayang. ::) ::) ::)

07-30-2007, 10:56 PM
UPDATE) RP cagers have 4 more yrs till next Olympic bid

The Philippines will have to wait four more years to get another shot at an Olympics stint after the San Miguel-RP quintet lost to Jordan, 76-84, in their knockout game at the FIBA-Asia men's championship preliminary round at ASTY Tokushima stadium Monday night.

The Filipinos played aggressively up to the third quarter before collapsing in the final canto, thereby ending their Olympic quest.

The loss relegated the Nationals to the consolation round where the best finish they can get is ninth overall.

They will play the Syrians at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

The bid hit a snag Monday when the Filipinos fell behind by 14 points in the fourth quarter, 55-69, while the Jordanians made a 15-4 run.

The Filipinos tried to salvage the game, churning out five three-point bombers during the last two minutes. The Jordanians, however, succeeded in playing the clock out.

"They made more shots than we did at crunch time," said coach Chot Reyes.

"I took full responsibility [for] the loss. I personally picked the players and the coaching staff. We made the best possible preparation. If we didn't land in the toughest group in this competition, we could have made the next round," Reyes added.

Reyes blamed two major misfortunes for their failed bid.

"The first was the quirk of the draw and the second was the technical foul called by the Greek referee in our game against Iran," said Reyes.

For the first time in three games, the Philippines was up at halftime Monday, 35-33, leading by nine points twice in the first half.

The Filipinos paced the tempo until the Jordanians made a 7-0 run to even the game at 31-all.

Jimmy Alapag made an acrobatic lay-up then Gabe Norwood scored on a dunk as the Filipinos regained the lead at 35-31.

Jordan made it a two-point game at the half as Sam Daghles sank a jumper just before the buzzer sounded.

Earlier, Qatar and South Korea completed three-game sweeps in their respective groups with the former beating Kazakhstan, 76-69, and the latter subduing Syria, 89-79.

Despite the loss, Kazakhstan made it to the quarterfinals with a 2-1 win-loss slate.

Chinese Taipei joined South Korea as quarterfinalists by beating Hong Kong, 98-81.

Lebanon rebounded from a 67-77 loss to Japan Sunday with a 106-64 rout of United Arab Emirates for a second quarters slot.

Indonesia, meanwhile, overwhelmed India, 72-66.

The scores:

Lebanon 84 – Wright 24, Dahgles 22, Alkhas 16, Abbaas 9, Soobzokov 6, Al-Souz 3, Z. Abbaas 2, Idais 2, Anajjar 0, Bashir 0.

RP 76 – Taualava 14, Alapag 10, Hontiveros 9, Caguioa 9, Norwood 9, Helterbrand 7, Raymundo 6, Williams 5, Ritualo 3, Menk 2, Seigle 2, Pennisi 0.

Quarterscores: 13-18, 33-35, 54-51, 84-76

07-30-2007, 11:20 PM
Kudos to all the members of Team Pilipinas from the coaching staff down to the ballboys.

You've done everything humanely possible for the country. For me that is already worth an olympic berth.

Mabuhay ang Team Pilipinas!


07-31-2007, 12:22 AM
* * *LET'S ALL move on and focus our unified energies towards the 2009 FIBA-Asia Men's Championship and a berth in the 2010 World Championship in Turkey.

* * *The last time we qualified for and played in the Worlds was in 1974 in Puerto Rico.* We were seeded in the 1978 Worlds since the Philippines was the host country.* The Philippines qualified for the 1986 Worlds in Spain but withdrew due to lack of funds and preparation.

* * *From there, London 2012 should be an easier goal!


07-31-2007, 06:52 AM
this 2nd chance re:there will be a second chance for two teams from Asia in the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Men 2008 is a lot lot more difficult to qualify forthan the FIBA-Tokushima because top losing teams from all over the world will be in it, and the host country will have to shoulder the expenses for hotel, etc for all the teams plus pay a fee to FIBA. unless the PBA has money to burn, I would rather the PBA spend the money on the grass-roots program, and have a 1st-class yearly training program for at least the 6 or 12 tallest basketball players in the country , send them to big man's camp in europe, etc. Right now Greg Slaughter's training consists ofthe Univ of Visayas team practice plust the twice a week practice he has with Mon Fernandez. I'm not sure if this enough to jump-start Greg's training because time is of the essence and he is the only 6'11" player in the country. he needs to get the best big mans training money can buy, and send him to europe for big man's camp in addition to Mon Fernandez' training. The same for 6'10" eman samigue and that rumored 6'11" De Guzman guy from angeles city and other young giants.
Its much better if SBP push through with hosting that FIBA-junior championships kasi makinabang pa diyan ang ating tall young 'grassroots players which are after all the beneficiaries of the grassroots program.

07-31-2007, 07:30 AM
Sidelights: Jordan coach labels grouping ‘big joke’

The Philippine Star

TOKUSHIMA, Japan – To Jordan coach Mario Palma, FIBA-Asia’s system of bracketing "is a big joke." Palma said he still can’t understand why three of the top four teams in last year’s Asian Games plus the Philippines, which has always been a top contender with its professional players, allowed to slug it out in one group.

"So what you see is the four teams in this group playing with so much pressure while top seeded teams in the other brackets winning by more than 50 points," rued Palma.

"Because of the pressure, players in our group are getting hurt. The top two teams in the other group easily advanced to the quarterfinals with the luxury of keeping their top players fresh," Palma added. He cited two players in his team now injured. He’s also aware that Danny Seigle, Asi Taulava and Jimmy Alapag got hurt in the SMC-RP team’s first game against Iran.

"Now Jordan and the Philippines are playing in a knockout game. But the loser in this game is capable of winning the championship," said Palma on the eve of the match.

China topped the Doha Asia Games with Iran coming in third and Jordan fourth. Yet, they found themselves in one group with Philippines in the elimination round of the FIBA-Asia men’s championship here. "It’s a joke. But I can’t do anything. I’m just a coach, I’m not a politician," Palma said.

Posted as seeded teams in the four groups are China, Lebanon, Qatar and South Korea – the top four finishers in the 2005 FIBA-Asia championship in Qatar. The rest of the teams, except host Japan, drew their brackets. After the second round of the draw, Japan chose to join Lebanon and Kuwait in Group B.

The Philippines was drawn second to last, being the second team with the lowest world ranking here. Unfortunately, the Philippines found itself in the Group of Death with China, Iran and Jordan while Indonesia, the lowest-ranked squad, joined Qatar, Kazakhstan and India in Group C.

FIBA-Asia used to employ the inverted "S" bracketing system where the No. 1 and No. 8 teams in the previous championship are put together in one group, No. 2 and No. 7 in another group, No. 3 and No. 6 in their own bracket and No. 4 and No. 5 in the last group.

07-31-2007, 07:32 AM
Don’t blame Chot




I realize it’s water under the bridge but for the record, coach Chot Reyes wasn’t to blame for the technical foul that the Philippine team was slapped by Greek referee Nikolaos Zavlanos with 57 seconds left and Iran ahead by a point in last Saturday’s FIBA-Asia Group A game in Tokushima.


I realize it’s water under the bridge but for the record, coach Chot Reyes wasn’t to blame for the technical foul that the Philippine team was slapped by Greek referee Nikolaos Zavlanos with 57 seconds left and Iran ahead by a point in last Saturday’s FIBA-Asia Group A game in Tokushima.

Under FIBA rules, the penalty for a technical foul is two free throws and possession.

Zavlanos’ call was a knockout punch. Not only did the 49-year-old Greek arbiter kill the Philippines’ momentum, he also allowed Iran to escape what could’ve been a heartbreaking defeat. The Philippines never recovered from the blow below the belt and lost by six.

From Tokushima, Reyes sent this text – "It (technical foul) was assessed to me as a bench technical because players stood up and yelled travel, not due to anything I did. Hope you can correct it as I’ve gotten a lot of hate messages blaming me for the technical."

Zavlanos had previously warned the Philippine bench for histrionics. He whistled a foul on Jay-Jay Helterbrand with a second left on Iran’s shot clock, bailing out guard Mahdi Kamrany, and Reyes reacted by crumpling down to his knees.

If there’s anyone to blame for the game-deciding technical foul, it’s Zavlanos who’s been a FIBA referee since 1993. He should be censured for it and suspended.

No way should a referee decide the outcome of a game. Zavlanos’ call ruined a potentially dramatic finish. He gave the win to Iran on a silver platter and robbed the Philippines of the chance to pull off a win in the final minute.

There’s a lesson to be learned from the painful experience.

In the PBA, players and referees are familiar with each other. They know their tolerance limits. In Tokushima, the Filipino cagers are almost like strangers to the FIBA referees and vice-versa. There’s little time to get acquainted and the exercise of self-control is essential on the players’ side because it’s wishful thinking to hope for the referees to be tolerant.

FIBA referees – who come from different countries – don’t like to be told what to call and what not to call. The problem is because of their attitude, the incompetent ones get away with murder and nobody can tell them off.

FIBA rules are very different from PBA rules.

For instance, in the PBA, the penalty for a technical foul is only a free throw. In FIBA games, it’s two free throws and ball possession. That’s a huge difference.

Against Iran, Dondon Hontiveros picked up two unsportsmanlike fouls, resulting in his ejection. In FIBA, an unsportsmanlike foul is different from a technical or a disqualifying foul.

An unsportsmanlike foul presumes unnecessary contact and the penalty is two free throws and possession, like a technical foul which is mainly called for excessive complaining or trash talking. A disqualifying foul is flagrant in nature and the penalty is automatic ejection, two free throws and possession.

A coach is ejected after two direct technical fouls or a combination of three direct and indirect technical fouls. An indirect technical foul is when the bench is cited as what happened to Reyes in the Iran game.

There are many other rule differences.

First, a player is not permitted to call a timeout in FIBA, unlike in the PBA. That’s why Helterbrand was called for a five-second inbounds violation against Iran as he couldn’t call a timeout with the ball in his hands.

Another is ball interference above the rim. In FIBA, once the ball hits the hoop, players are allowed to touch it even if still over the ring, ruling out offensive or defensive goaltending. In the PBA, the ball is untouchable if it’s above the rim.

A third difference is in FIBA, the basket counts when a player releases the ball to shoot and commits an offensive foul after. In the PBA, the basket is nullified by the offensive foul.

Other differences include the foul limit before penalty (four in FIBA and five in the PBA), foul limit for disqualification (five in FIBA and six in the PBA), technical and offensive fouls to count as team and personal fouls in FIBA, 10-minute quarters in FIBA and 12 in the PBA and the trapezoidal shaded lane in FIBA compared to the rectangular frame in the PBA.

Habits are hard to break and PBA players, used to different rules, are finding it difficult to adjust to the FIBA game.

Postscript: Before the Iran contest, Reyes sent this text – "In a few hours, we will embark on my biggest coaching challenge – isang laban para sa bayan. I know whatever happens, you will be there for me and this gives me courage. Thank you. Please pray for our team and may God bless us all. Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!". From PBA commissioner Noli Eala before the Philippines beat China last Sunday – "I was in team practice this morning. Talked to most of them and Chot and coaching staff individually. We’re moving on. Players are still a bit hurting but vow to play like their careers are on the line. Danny (Seigle) and Jimmy (Alapag) cramped (against Iran) but should be fine (against China). Asi (Taulava) is wearing an ankle brace and taking painkillers. Told him the Willis Reed story (in the 1970 NBA Finals). I hope that helps. Advised coaching staff to behave and not to react to refs. Also, not to stand up so as not to court the ire of officials. We are confident. We need luck and grace. Help us pray. We’re having team Mass at 4 p.m. That’s what MVP (Manny Pangilinan) and Ricky Vargas wanted. We are believers!"

07-31-2007, 07:33 AM
Tokushima reflects RP sports governance




Philippine private and government sports officials can (again) learn from the Aussies how to ensure that major stakeholders of Philippine basketball participate in determining the structure and framework for governance of this sector of sports.


As I stated last week, the Australian Sport Commission (ASC), Basketball Australia (BA) and the National Basketball League (NBL) announced a major structural review of basketball in Australia. The ASC says the review will recommend a structure and governance framework for the delivery of the sport from a national level.

Philippine private and government sports officials can (again) learn from the Aussies how to ensure that major stakeholders of Philippine basketball participate in determining the structure and framework for governance of this sector of sports.

Apparently, the ASC wants to fully maximize its basketball potential despite its small population of about 12 million particularly in the light of giant strides made in international basketball by its much smaller neighbor New Zealand. New Zealand, which has a population of about 4.1 million, or about one third of Metro Manila, is known more for rugby and cricket.

It is said that, in reference to the size of the country and its small population, "in New Zealand, you see a lot of New Zealand but very few New Zealanders". We are told the sheep population of New Zealand is greater than the human population.

For years, the Aussies have been finetuning the relationships among basketball stakeholders to ensure mass participation and encourage competition so that the country will be represented only by Australia’s best at the international level.

I was privileged to see the Aussies work hard on this sports framework since I was first invited by the Sydney Olympics Organizing Committee to Australia in 1992. Sydney was then preparing its bid to host the 2000 summer Olympics.

One of Australian basketball’s main problems was synchronizing basketball schedules so that the finest of Australia is available for high-level competitions like the world basketball championships and the Olympics. The problem of Australia was no different from the Philippines whenever a national selection was to be tapped for an international competition.

The basic difference in the two countries’ situations is that Australia has apparently gotten its act together, compared to many years ago, while the Philippines now has to cope with the growing pains of a new structure which is ironically designed to unify Philippine basketball. These growing pains are reflected in our performance in the ongoing FIBA-Asia men’s basketball championship in Tokushima, Japan.

As of this writing, the Filipinos have lost to Iran, 75–69, and came from behind to beat what veteran sportscaster Andy Jao called China’s Team B.

The national team, which was officially formed literally at the last minute with the inclusion of Renren Ritualo, went to Japan after five months of preparation in the Philippines and overseas. On the surface, the thousands of hours used preparing for Tokushima should be enough. Given, however, the level of competition and the tremendous improvement of Asian countries like Iran, Jordan (which shocked China in Tokushima, 78–65), and Lebanon, and the gigantic task of qualifying for the Olympics, the length and quality of preparation may still be wanting.

The lack of a fluid team effort was obvious in the Philippines’ game against Iran where, at the crucial moments, the Filipinos opted to "free lance". In contrast, Iran performed like a well-oiled team using basic pick and roll moves to build double digit margins most of the way. Without belittling the Filipinos’ victory over China, it was clear that the Chinese too were having problems working together as one well-oiled machine.

Going back to the ASC consultative process, the Aussies are inviting written submissions "from individuals with an interest in putting forward views that they believe should be brought to the attention of the reviewers". The reviewers consist of three individuals who make up the steering committee.

Individuals are asked to address key themes: do you think the current structure, comprising a national body and member associations (being state/territory associations, WNBL and ABA) and the NBL as a separate entity, is effective in delivering and building basketball in Australia? What do you see as being the benefits and risks of having BA and the NBL integrated under one governing body for the sport of basketball in Australia? What do you see as impediments to structural and governance change in the sport of basketball in Australia?

Indeed, these are basic questions. Philippine basketball too has to resolve these fundamental issues if we want to take ourselves seriously and if we want others to take us seriously.

07-31-2007, 07:37 AM
China bemoans dire performance at Asian championships

Agence France-Presse
Last updated 05:54pm (Mla time) 07/30/2007

BEIJING -- State media on Monday bemoaned the worst performance in decades by China's men's basketball team, which crashed out of the Asian championships in the first round.

The upset came as a blow to a country with high hopes for the men's team at next year's Beijing Olympics.

Even though China sent a second string team to defend their Asian title in Japan, Titan Sports and other newspapers pointed out that for the first time in 32 years, the 14-time champions failed to reach the event's knock-out stages.

The team looked "dead from the neck up," said the Beijing Times, during the later stages of their match Sunday against the Philippines, which they had to win to stay in contention for a quarter-final place. They lost 79-74.

On Saturday, the side lost to lowly Jordan.

China's chief coach A Dijiang agreed that the team went off the boil at a crucial stage of the defeat to the Philippines.

"Their minds went blank, forgetting everything they knew about tactics and technique," he told the Titan Sports newspaper.

But the coach said the result was only to be expected given the side's youth and inexperience.

Sixteen countries, divided into four groups, are competing in the championships. The winner of the tournament qualifies for a place in the Olympics next year.

As hosts of next year's Summer Games, China automatically get a berth in the basketball tournament and do not have to pre-qualify here.

China's A-team are playing in the Stankovic Cup, an international tournament in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou.

The team includes former NBA player Wang Zhizhi and Yi Jianlian, recently chosen in the NBA draft by the Milwaukee Bucks. Houston Rockets star Yao Ming is out injured.

07-31-2007, 10:02 AM
from fiba.com - We just beat Syria in OT, 107-100. Alapag 32pts 2reb 5ast, Asi 15pts 17reb.

I'm a bit surprised it took us overtime, as Syria lately hasn't been as strong as the other Middle East teams. Or maybe it's the early morning wakeup after a tough loss yesterday evening.

China routed HK so we're on course to meet them for 9th-10th place, assuming both teams sweep their consolation groups.

07-31-2007, 07:51 PM
Korea, Iran win in Asian cage tourney

Agence France Presse

TOKUSHIMA, Japan - Two-time champions South Korea defeated Jordan 70-65 in their first match of the second stage at the Asian men's basketball championship on Tuesday.

South Korea's 2.23-meter Ha Seung-Jin shone in the game, scoring 21 points and winning 12 rebounds to help his side take back the title they last won in 1997.

The Koreans, who also took the title in 1969, led the table with a 1-0 record in the four-team Group Two second stage, which also includes Japan and Kazakhstan.

Iran won an earlier Group One game despite the best efforts of two-time silver medalists Taiwan.

Taiwan took the lead three times, but Iran regained the lead each time for a 76-64 victory.

Mohammad Nikkhah scored 22 points for Iran, while Hamed Ehdadi took 17 points and Javad Davari 13.

The top two teams from Group One and Two will reach the knock-out semi-finals, vying for only one ticket for the Beijing Olympics next year.

The two best finishers, other than Olympic hosts China and the winners, will be eligible for the final Olympic qualifying round next in July next year.

In the playoffs for ninth to 16th place, the Philippines downed Syria 107-100, while Kuwait outclassed India 72-68.

Four-time defending champions China saved some face by posting their first win beating Hong Kong 93-69, and Indonesia edged past the United Arab Emirates 83-81.

07-31-2007, 07:51 PM
RP team beats Syria, 107-100

Still fresh from a stunning loss to Jordan, the Philippine team defeated the Syrian team, 107-100, at the FIBA-Asia tournament in Tokushima, Japan on Tuesday.

On Monday, the SMC-RP quintet succumbed to Jordan, 76-84, in their knockout game in the FIBA-Asia men’s championship preliminary round. The loss ended the country’s bid to get into the Olympic Games where it last competed 35 years ago in the 1972 Munich Games.

07-31-2007, 08:04 PM
PHI/SYR - Philippines win in OT

TOKUSHIMA (FIBA Asia Championship) - Philippines showed immense character, first to get back to the court from a depressing overnight, and then to fight back to beat Syria 107-100, in Over Times, in Group III of the Quarterfinal round on Tuesday.

Locked 89-all at the end of Full Time, Philippines held their own, played well within themselves to deliver when it mattered. Point guard Jim Alapag was his usual fluent self top scoring for his side - five assists adding value to the 32 points - as the Filipinos ensured they don't let go of the initiative.

Micheal Madanly and Mohammad Alsaman had given Syria the initiative, the former top scoring the game with 33 points, but the other crumbled under pressure.


Philippines 107 (Jim Alapag 32, Mark Anthony Caguioa 16)
bt Syria 100 (Micheal Madanly 33, Mohammad Alsaman 27)
Quarterwise: 18-24, 35-38, 65-65, 89-89

S Mageshwaran

08-01-2007, 08:13 AM
Pinoys squeak past Syrians in OT, 107-100

The San Miguel-Pilipinas team managed to squeeze past Syria in overtime, 107-100, in the consolation round of the 24th FIBA Asia Men's Championship on Tuesday despite the emotional baggage over losing a chance to play in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Jimmy Alapag led the RP team by scoring 32 points via 7-of-12 shooting from the floor and 15-of-16 showing from the foul line.

Also part of the charge were Danny Seigle, Dondon Hontiveros and big man Asi Taulava, who helped the Filipinos take the distance in the extra period.

Taulava, who played despite a sprained ankle, churned out 15 points and grabbed 17 rebounds. Seigle also dished out a great performance with 15 points, including five straight to start the overtime period and a crucial 10-0 blast for a 99-89 RP lead.

"These are the kind of games that are tough to play. I don't think we were emotionally ready to play this game after the loss. I doubt if any of our players had much sleep last night," said RP team coach Chot Reyes.

"I told the players that when we signed up and committed to play for the national team, we signed up to take in the whole experience, both pleasant and the unpleasant."

Mark Caguioa had 15 points for the RP team but was taken out with 2:28 left in the game regulation when he hyper-extended his shoulder, joining Kelly Williams on the sideline, who earlier suffered a pull hamstring injury after playing for seven minutes as a starter.

"We're just fortunate enough to find that energy to finish the game today," Reyes added.

"I know psychologically and physically your team is very tired. We tried to take our chance, but we're not just lucky," said Samer Kayaly, coach of the Syrian team.

The Syrian mentor added that: "Your team deserves to be in the Final 4."

The Filipinos struggled in the first half but found their rhythm in the last two quarters and readily engaged the Syrians in a close game.

Alapag’s lay-up regained the lead for the RP team, 89-88, with 32 ticks left, only for Syria to tie the game at 89 on a split free throw by Micheal Madanly.

The Filipinos had a chance of winning the game in regulation, but Hontiveros missed a three-pointer to pave the way for overtime.

The scores

SMC-RP 107 - Alapag 32, Caguioa 16, Seigle 15, Taulava 15, Hontiveros 11, Ritualo 6, Raymundo 5, Menk 5, Norwood 2, Williams 0, Helterbrand 0.

SYRIA 100 - Madanly 33, Alsaman 27, Yakoub 16, Alkatib 12, Hasaballah 7, Abdallah 5, Labes 0.

Quarterscores: 18-24; 38-35; 65-65; 89-89 (reg); 107-100 (OT).

08-01-2007, 01:46 PM
Team Pilipinas won against India. 104-69. Norwood and Seigle had 23pts each. Ritualo had 18points.

08-01-2007, 02:33 PM
yun sa syria and india games, the scores seem to be too high. i wonder if defense was not as tough.

08-01-2007, 06:34 PM
RP team beats India, 104-69

The San Miguel-Pilipinas team defeated Wednesday the Indian team, 104-69, in the consolation round of the 24th FIBA Asia Men's Championship despite the emotional baggage over losing a chance to play in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

The win was the second in a row for the Philippine team after defeating Syria in overtime, 107-100, Tuesday.

Howard the Duck
08-01-2007, 07:56 PM
must win against Kuwait in order to play china for the 9th place

08-01-2007, 10:07 PM
Lebanon first to reach Asian champs semis

Agence France Presse

TOKUSHIMA, Japan - Lebanon, the 2005 silver medalists, became the first team to secure a berth in the semi-finals when they defeated Taiwan 95-64 in the Asian men's basketball championship on Wednesday.

Lebanon, also the runners-up in 2001, have now a 2-0 win-loss record for four points, leaving Taiwan with a 0-2 record. They led the Group One four-team round robin, which also includes Iran and Qatar.

In Group Two earlier in the day, Jordan overcame a 14-point deficit to beat Kazakhstan as the two teams stood with a 1-1 record.

Two-time former champions South Korea were to play fellow former champions Japan later in the day.

The top two teams from both groups will play in the knock-out semi-finals, vying for only one ticket to the Beijing Olympics next year.

The two best finishers, other than Olympic hosts China and the winners, will be eligible for the final Olympic qualifying round in July next year.

In the playoffs for ninth place, China, already out of medal contention for the first time since 1975, and the Philippines remained unbeaten with a 2-0 record.

China overwhelmed Indonesia 102-47 and the Philippines whipped India 104-69.

In other action, Syria outclassed Kuwait 109-69, while Hong Kong defeated the United Arab Emirates 87-64.

Kuwait, Syria, Indonesia and Hong Kong stood with a 1-0 ahead of winless India and the Emirates.

08-01-2007, 10:21 PM
What went wrong




The country’s dream of playing basketball in the Olympics after an absence of over 30 years has turned into a nightmare.


The Philippine Star

The country’s dream of playing basketball in the Olympics after an absence of over 30 years has turned into a nightmare. Beijing is now out of the question for the Philippine team, which failed to advance to the quarterfinals of the still ongoing FIBA-Asia Championships in Tokushima.

Only the Tokushima winner will join China, as host nation, in the 12-team Olympic basketball competition. The runner-up and third placer will be invited to participate in the pre-Olympic world qualifiers for three wildcard entries in July next year.

There are so many what-ifs to think about in analyzing what went wrong in the Philippines’ crusade.

What if Greek referee Nikolaos Zavlanos didn’t call that technical foul on the Philippines with 57 seconds left and Iran up by only a point?

What if the Philippines got lucky in the draw and went to Indonesia’s bracket with Qatar, Kazakhstan and India instead?

What if James Yap made it to the final 12?

What if the Philippines had more time to practice and not crammed because of the late lifting of the FIBA suspension?

What if Danny Seigle and Kerby Raymundo, nursing injuries, played 100 percent against Jordan?

What if the PBA used FIBA rules to familiarize the national cagers with the international game and break their habit of playing the NBA style of one-on-one?

What if the Philippines recruited a naturalized player like Jordan’s Rasheim Wright, Lebanon’s Joe Vogel and Japan’s J. R. Henderson?

If only the Philippines beat Iran, the team would now be playing in the quarterfinals and not battling for ninth place. The Iran heartbreaker destroyed the country’s Olympic dream, more than the loss to Jordan.

The team’s most glaring weakness was in offense as the Philippines shot a dismal .400 from the field in the first three games. Of the 16 teams in Tokushima, only Kuwait turned in a lower field goal percentage at .331. On the upside, the Philippines ranked second to top-notcher Chinese-Taipei in free throw marksmanship at .722.

It wasn’t that the Philippines had limited open looks or took poor shots. The players just couldn’t find the pulse to hit consistently, whether from up close or the perimeter. Who can forget those point-blank misses under the basket against Iran and the wide open shots that clanged from mid-range?

The players were too tense, too pressured to hit the shots they normally convert. They were burned out, victims of an exhausting conditioning program that was crammed to fit limited schedules. They never enjoyed themselves on the court – the tension was too unnerving.

When Jordan began knocking down threes in the third period, the defenders were often a step slow in challenging shots. Their legs were gone. They were dog-tired and lacked the energy to chase the outside shooters. Jordan opened the fourth period with an 8-0 blast that stretched a three-point lead to 11. The Philippines never came closer than seven and wound up losing by eight.

The reasons why the Philippines isn’t playing in the quarterfinals are:

Burnout. Coach Chot Reyes’ cagers couldn’t play with consistent high energy for three straight days. They were exhausted. The pressure was overwhelming and took away the fun in the game. It showed in the way the players bungled easy shots, couldn’t assert themselves defensively to force turnovers and allowed transition baskets. They rarely broke out for uncontested buckets.

Unfamiliarity. The players had difficulty adjusting to FIBA rules where a technical foul, for instance, has a penalty of two free throws and possession, a sense of urgency is dictated by 10-minute quarters and four team fouls mean penalty situation.

Absence. Because of a long layoff from FIBA competitions due to the country’s suspension, the PBA stars were shown little respect by league officials and referees. Zavlanos’ call in the Iran game is proof. The Philippines was disqualified from playing in the last Asian and Southeast Asian Games and the previous FIBA-Asia Championships. It was a rough re-initiation for the Philippines.

Mentality. Habits are hard to break and with their backs against the wall, the national cagers played instinctively, doing what they’re used to in the PBA. They resorted to going one-on-one, dribbling too much and playing to their individual talents instead of as a team.

Draw. Bracketed in the “Group of Death” was a killer blow because unlike the other teams that are used to the international game, the Philippines had little time to familiarize. It was a war for the Philippines from Day 1 and the attrition factor took a heavy toll on the squad.

With the Olympic dream extinguished, the Samahang Basketbol Ng Pilipinas must now do some serious soul-searching to determine what to do next in planning for future international competitions.

Is the Philippines’ love affair with basketball doomed to an unhappy ending like Romeo and Juliet?

08-02-2007, 03:51 PM
RP team beats Kuwait, 89-58

The RP-San Miguel basketball team scored its third consecutive win after defeating Kuwait at the FIBA Asia Men’s Championship Thursday. Team Pilipinas triumphed over the Kuwaiti cagers, 89-58.

The Philippine team defeated India Wednesday (104-69) and were also victorious over Syria (107-100) last Tuesday.

According the the official site of FIBA, the Philippine cagers became the top team in the tournament’s Group G after the win.

Howard the Duck
08-02-2007, 04:11 PM
PHI vs. CHN for 9th place.

Sana i-televise na ;D

08-02-2007, 07:50 PM
UPDATE) RP beats Kuwait, 79-74, faces China next

Quarterfinal Round Standings
Group I
Iran 2-0
Lebanon 2-0
Qatar 0-2
Taipei 0-2

Group II
Korea 2-0
Kazakhstan 1-1
Jordan 1-1
Japan 0-2

Consolation Round
Group III
SMC-RP 2-0
Syria 1-1
Kuwait 1-1
India 0-2

Group IV
China 2-0
Hong Kong 1-1
Indonesia 1-1
UAE 0-2

Game Saturday
(ASTY Tokushima Gym)
11:15 a.m. – SMC-RP vs. China

SMC-Pilipinas made a complete three-game sweep of the 24th FIBA-Asia Championship’s consolation round by beating Kuwait, 89-58, on Thursday to arrange a rematch with China for 9th place Saturday at the ASTY Tokushima gym.

Kelly Williams and Jimmy Alapag returned to the active roster after being downed by injuries, signaling their readiness for the battle.

Mark Caguioa, who is also in the injured list after hyper-extending his right shoulder, sat out the game. He is unlikely to suit up for the return bout with the Chinese, who bowed to the Nationals, 79-74, Sunday.

"I would love to go after them again," said national coach Chot Reyes, referring to the upcoming encounter with China on Saturday.

The Filipinos had beaten Kuwait twice before in tune-up matches before the teams flew to Tokushima.

SMC-RP opened a 23-10 lead in the first quarter, charging to a 34-point advantage in the fourth quarter.

Fil-Am Gabe Norwood, who sported a new Mohawk haircut, marked 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting, with five rebounds and five assists.

"Norwood put us in this position and we're looking forward to meeting China and beating them again," Reyes said. "We're saving our best for last."

Renren Ritualo added 13 points with three 3-point bombers and Eric Menk chalked 10 points. Williams lorded the boards with 13 rebounds, while Alapag gave three assists.

Taulava joined Reyes in the post-game interview and entertained the press with his geniality and good humor.

"We're bored. That's how bored we are," he said when asked how Norwood and Williams found time to do their hair.

When pointed out that he seemed to be in a good mood, Taulava said: "This is my job, to keep everybody smiling.

Turning serious, Taulava said the game with China would be fiercely fought "even if the stakes are not too high."

The 6-9 center, who has been playing through an ankle sprain, expressed disappointment for SMC-RP's failure to advance beyond the preliminary round, but added he was "happy" that the two other teams in their bracket are doing well in the quarterfinals.

'"It only shows how tough our group was," he said.

At this point, Al Khadra Fahmi, the Kuwait head coach, made his sentiment known.

"The grouping was not fair," he said, adding the losers after the preliminary "should have been allowed to go home. The players don't want to practice anymore, they don't want to play anymore. When you're eliminated, then you're eliminated."

Fahmi also insinuated the drawing of lots for the grouping, done two weeks before the tournament, might not have been done aboveboard.

"I don't believe in the draw," he said.

In completed quarterfinal matches Wednesday, Lebanon ripped Chinese-Taipei, 95-64, for its second straight win; Iran roared to its fifth consecutive victory from the preliminary by turning back Qatar, 95-87; Jordan stunned Kazakhstan, 82-73; and South Korea denied Japan, 93-83, pushing the host to the brink of elimination.

Consolation games saw Syria dumping Kuwait, 109-69; and dethroned champion China routing Indonesia, 102-47; and Hong Kong crushing United Arab Emirates, 87-64.

The tournament takes a break Friday.


SMC-RP 89 – Norwood 18, Ritualo 13, Menk 10, Alapag 9, Helterbrand 9, Hontiveros 7, Williams 7, Seigle 6, Taulava 6, Pennisi 4, Raymundo 0.

KUWAIT 58 – Hasan 14, Ashkanani 8, Altabakh 7, Mubarak 6, Almutairi 5, Alrabah F. 5, Alrabah Rashid 4, Alkhabbaz 3, Alrabah Rashed 2, Albrahim 2, Mohammad 2.

Quarters: 23-10; 46-20; 73-47; 89-58

08-03-2007, 09:08 AM
Consolation for Chot




If it’s any consolation to Reyes, Syria coach Samer Kayaly said the Philippines deserves to play in the Final Four.


The Philippine Star

National coach Chot Reyes, who celebrated his 44th birthday away from home last Wednesday, sent this text after the Philippines was eliminated from title contention in the FIBA-Asia Olympic qualifiers in Tokushima:

“This hurts so badly because we wanted it so much and we worked so hard and sacrificed greatly only to fall short. But it is friends like you that see us through times like this and prepare us for our next challenge.”

If it’s any consolation to Reyes, Syria coach Samer Kayaly said the Philippines deserves to play in the Final Four.

Kayaly wasn’t just being generous or self-effacing, particularly as Syria lost to the Philippines in overtime (meaning Syria couldn’t be too bad bowing to a deserving semifinalist). He was being honest because the probability is the Philippines would beat at least half of the eight quarterfinalists.

For the record, the eight teams that survived the first round of eliminations were Lebanon, Qatar, Japan, Korea, Kazakhstan, Iran, Chinese-Taipei and Jordan. Surely, the Philippines would beat Lebanon (in the recent Manila Invitationals, the Philippines trounced Lebanon twice, 88-83 and 87-81). Add to the list of other probable victims Japan, Korea and Chinese-Taipei.

Before the Tokushima tournament, Reyes predicted a triple tie in the Group A eliminations. He would’ve been right on the money if the Philippines beat Iran. In that scenario, Iran, the Philippines and Jordan would’ve finished with identical 2-1 records and China, 0-3. The quotient system would’ve been used to break the logjam. Reyes saw the Philippines advancing to the quarterfinals as the second placer in Group A.

As it turned out, Iran wound up unscathed and China, winless, leaving Jordan and the Philippines to dispute the second ticket to the quarterfinals in a knockout game.

* * *

What killed the Philippines’ Olympic dream was a call from Greek referee Nikolaos Zavlanos with 57 seconds left and Iran up by one. Zavlanos slapped a technical foul on the Philippines, resulting in two free throws and possession for Iran – effectively, sealing the outcome.

A Philippine team official told The STAR on Thursday a lady reporter in Tokushima revealed that Zavlanos is a good friend of Iran’s Serbian coach Rajko Toroman and they go back a long way. Toroman supposedly coached in Greece but a check in the internet showed only job stops in Hungary, Belgium and Holland before Iran.

Zavlanos ruined what would’ve been a dramatic climax in the thrilling game and decided the issue by himself, denying the teams the right to determine their fate.

SBP executive director Patrick Gregorio will likely bring up Zavlanos’ indiscretion in a meeting with FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann who was scheduled to arrive in Tokushima Thursday.

PBA commissioner Noli Eala said Gregorio has invited Baumann to lunch or dinner, at his convenience. “It’ll be a social meeting, more or less,” said Eala. “We’ll update him on SBP’s plans and the national team program. We’ll also voice out our complaints, particularly the draw and groupings and how the Philippine delegation has been treated.”

No, the meeting won’t be a bull session, just a baring of the soul. There will be no protests, no bickering, no backbiting. The intention is to share with Baumann the Philippines’ first international experience coming from a two-year FIBA suspension and the bitter lessons that were learned from it.

* * *

FEU team owner and representative to the UAAP Board of Trustees Anton Montinola had this postscript to the Jordan-Philippines game:

“The Philippines will never have an answer for 6-10 guys who are quick and can rebound, defend and hit three-pointers. Asi is our biggest player but can only operate in the paint. Under pressure, we mimic the NBA blacks – one-on-one – because the PBA model is the old NBA before the Europeans arrived.”

08-03-2007, 09:10 AM
RP five, China seal rematch for ninth place

By Francis Ochoa
Last updated 05:21am (Mla time) 08/03/2007

TOKUSHIMA, Japan -- Iran has clinched a semifinal slot. Jordan has a big chance of getting there.

And Asi Taulava would have it no other way.

“As disappointed as I am, I’m glad Iran and Jordan are doing good and I really hope those are the two teams that will face off in the championship,” said the 6-foot-9 starting center of the San Miguel-RP squad that formally booked a rematch against China after an 89-58 rout of Kuwait in the FIBA Asia championship Thursday at the Asty Tokushima.

“Then, maybe people will realize how tough our group really was,” added Taulava.

“It would be fitting,” said national coach Chot Reyes. “Iran and Jordan battle for first while China and the Philippines battle for ninth place.”

Iran and Jordan finished 1-2 in the preliminary round of what was described as Group of Death with the Philippines ending up third and defending champion China fourth.

Ninth place is generally known as the championship of the tournament’s second division, composed of the teams that failed to advance past the preliminary round.

China sealed the rematch with a 100-55 thumping of the United Arab Emirates at the nearby Tokushima Municipal Gym.

The Philippines sealed its ticket to the “other” championship, getting off to a 9-0 start and then taking a 23-10 lead after the first period.

The rest of the way became a display of rebounds and layups for the Philippines, which is scheduled to play China for ninth on Saturday at the Asty Tokushima.

Friday is a rest day for the tournament, although San Miguel-RP plans to use it to practice for its game against China.

“We will prepare well and we will go after China hard,” said Reyes. “It may not mean much but it’s a nice going-away present.”

Gabe Norwood topscored with 18 points for the Philippines, which will get playmaker Jimmy Alapag and rebounder Kelly Williams back for the China game. The two missed Tuesday’s game against India.

Taulava had six points and four rebounds while playing with his accreditation ID around his neck in a satirical gesture.

Tournament volunteers seem to be picking on the RP delegation when it comes to IDs. Filipino players are endlessly questioned when entering game venues without IDs.

Iran tabbed a semifinal seat with a 95-87 win over Qatar Wednesday night for its second straight win.

Lebanon routed Chinese Taipei, 95-64, and claimed a semifinal slot with its second straight win.

Korea scuttled Japan, 93-83, late Wednesday only to absorb a 75-73 loss from Kazakhstan Thursday which sent both teams level at 2-1.

Jordan can forge a three-way tie at 2-1 with a win over Japan Thursday.

The scores:

SAN MIGUEL-RP 89 -- Norwood 18, Ritualo 13, Menk 10, Alapag 9, Helterbrand 9, Williams 7, Hontiveros 7, Taulava 6, Seigle 6, Pennisi 4, Raymundo 0.

KUWAIT 58 -- Hasan 14, Ashkanani 8, Altabakh 7, Mubarak 6, Almutairi 5, F. Alrabah 5, Rashid Alrabah 4, Alkhabbaz 3, Albrahim 2, Mohammad 2, Rashed Alrabah 2.

Quarters: 23-10, 46-20, 73-47, 89-58

08-03-2007, 09:16 AM
Kazakhstan trips Korea

TOKUSHIMA, Japan (AFP) — Underdogs Kazakhstan beat two-time former champions South Korea 75-73 in the FIBA-Asia men’s basketball championship Thursday to keep their Olympic hopes alive.

The winners of the championship go through to the Olympics, while the two next best finishers become eligible for the final Olympic qualifying round in July next year.

The Kazakhs must wait for the outcome of the match between Japan and Jordan later Thursday to see if they make it through to the semifinals.

They were surprise winners over Japan, which has won the Asian championship twice, on Tuesday but now need Japan to beat Jordan.

If Jordan win, the Kazakhs are set to lose the semifinal berth to South Korea based on the two teams’ points average in Group Two, as both have a 2-1 win-loss record.

The top two teams from Groups One and Two will play in the semi-finals.

In Group One, Qatar beat Taiwan 87-74 to finish third behind Lebanon and Iran. Qatar and Taiwan go into a playoff round that will decide which teams finish in fifth to eighth places.

Four-time defending champions China whipped the United Arab Emirates 100-55 and the Philippines outclassed Kuwait 89-58. The victors topped Groups Three and Four and play each other for ninth place on Friday.

In other action, Syria outclassed India 106-54 and Indonesia edged past Hong Kong 81-78.

08-03-2007, 05:00 PM
Japan upset Jordan, playing spoiler even though Japan themselves were already out of the title race.

So the final four (semis) pairings will be Lebanon-Korea and Kazakhstan-Iran.

Of the teams remaining, Iran ang parang gusto ko na lang manalo. Not because I like them pero pag nakapasok sila sa Olympics, may chance na maglaban ang USA at Iran...that would be interesting for the political undertones :D

Sana wag Lebanon, sobrang nakakapanghinayang knowing we could have beaten them.

08-04-2007, 12:17 PM
WE'RE #9!!!

We just beat China, 78-76, to take Ninth Place at the 2007 FIBA-Asia Men's Championships!!! Kelly Williams made two free throws off a foul by Li Ke with two seconds left. Earlier, Chen Chen tied the game at 76-76 with a triple with 49 seconds to play.

Danny Seigle led the Filipinos with 20 points and Williams added 14. Dondon Hontiveros and Asi Taulava chipped in 13 markers each.


08-04-2007, 12:34 PM
anthony !!

yung news report mo ha about 6'11" Slaughter today !!! yung detailed talaga. ano weaknesses at strengths ni Slaughter. mabagal ba siya? lateral footwork ? rebounding, toughness? , defense? shotblocks? Thanks !!

Bennie Bangag
08-04-2007, 01:06 PM
mabuhay pilipinas!!!

Dark Knight
08-04-2007, 06:36 PM
A fair finish by Team Pilipinas. 9th place. More discipline and dedication, next time. ;D

08-04-2007, 07:39 PM
RP tops consolation round in 2007 FIBA Asia

SMC-Team Pilipinas topped the consolation portion of the 2007 FIBA-Asia championship in Tokushima, Japan by beating China 78-76.

The Philippine repeated the close win it achieved over the Chinese team during the elimination round of the Asian basketball championship.

A report said both teams were tied 76-all with 48 seconds left in the game when two free throws made by Team Pilipinas cager Kelly Williams made the difference for the Philippine side.

Danny Seigle led the Philippine team in scoring with 20 points in the game while Williams made 14.

08-05-2007, 12:07 AM
Lebanon and Iran in Asian basketball final

Agence France-Presse

TOKUSHIMA, Japan - Lebanon will battle it out with Iran for an Olympic berth after they defeated two-time former champions South Korea 76-74 in the Asian men's basketball championship semi-finals Saturday.

Fadi Elkhatib was the hero, scoring 32 points. Joseph Vogel scored 18 points and Brian Feghali 11 points.

Asian Games bronze medalists Iran beat Kazakhstan 75-62. Lebanon and Iran will be vying Sunday for the only direct ticket to the Beijing Olympics next year.

The second and third-placed teams will be eligible for the final Olympic qualifying round next July. Hosts China will have an automatic spot.

In other action, Jordan outclassed Qatar 77-67, while Taiwan beat Japan 85-80.

Jordan and Taiwan will play off for fifth place and Japan and Qatar will play for seventh place.

Four-time defending champions China, who have never missed out on a medal since they first took part in 1975, winning 14 times, ended in a humiliating 10th place after losing to the Philippines 78-76.

Syria took 11th place, beating Indonesia 108-79. Hong Kong finished 13th, beating Kuwait 72-66, and India were 15th, beating the United Arab Emirates 82-77.

08-05-2007, 08:58 AM
RP trips China anew, tops consolation pool

By Francis Ochoa
Last updated 04:09am (Mla time) 08/05/2007

TOKUSHIMA, Japan—Kelly Williams sank two free throws with 2.7 seconds left as San Miguel-RP hammered out a nail-biting 78-76 triumph over China Saturday to clinch ninth place in the Fiba Asia men’s basketball championship at the Asty Tokushima.

Williams, who was fouled as he soared for a layup on a feed by Jimmy Alapag, broke a 76-76 tie Chinese sniper Chen Chen forged with a triple and the streak of bad luck that hounded the Filipinos here ended when Wang Yong missed an open three-point shot at the buzzer.

Danny Seigle also shared the spotlight with Williams, scoring 20 points—12 in the first period alone—and making a pivotal basket in the stretch to give the Philippines a 76-73 cushion with 59 ticks remaining in the game.

“We did want to end the tournament on a good note,” said Seigle, who missed a sure ticket to the national team that played in the Busan, South Korea Asian Games after suffering a cruel torn achilles tendon just days before the squad was to depart for the event.

What followed after Chen tied the game with still 48 seconds left was a series of good breaks for the Filipinos, which offset a couple of crucial non-calls that gave China the opportunity to put the game away.

Asi Taulava’s shot in the ensuing play was tapped out of the basket off the glass by Chen, and no goal-tending violation was whistled. A foul was later slapped on Dondon Hontiveros, putting forward Li Ke, who torched the Filipinos in the final period, on the line.

Li, who was a surprise in a game that saw Taulava—notorious for rim-bending bricks from the stripe—miss just once out of eight attempts, flubbed the two freebies to keep the score knotted with 34 ticks remaining.

Alapag went for a hard drive and was bumped by two defenders on the next play. Again, no whistle. Again, San Miguel-Philippines committed a foul that put Wu Qian on the line. Again, Wu missed both freebies.

“Poetic justice,” said national coach Chot Reyes, whose boys lost in their first meeting with the Chinese in a special four-nation tournament in Manila just before this championship when Alapag blew two charities in the dying seconds.

“I think [with the win], we gained some measure of respect from the other 16 participating teams,” said team manager Robert Non. “This team showed that it is worth supporting and San Miguel will always be ready to support the national team.”

“Nobody can boast of having beaten China twice in this tournament,” said PBA commissioner Noli Eala, adding that the victory helped salve the wounds that Seigle said will remain open and raw up until a week after all this is over.

The Filipinos, who took an early 75-69 decision from Iran, beat the Chinese, represented by their B team, in their first meeting here, 79-74, but a loss to Jordan the next day relegated them to the consolation round pool.

NOTES: Legendary China point guard Adiljian, who is the head coach of the Chinese in this tournament, said through an interpreter that he is not sad with the Chinese finish in the tournament. China, the defending champion, ranked 10th after the loss Saturday. “I know very well the growth and the improvement of Asian basketball and I came into the tournament expecting this result,” Adiljian said. China was hoping to get two or three players from this team and elevate them to Team A, but it looks as if only willowy 6-foot-8 forward Yi Li has a shot at making the first squad... The Philippines ended the tournament with a 5-2 record. It is the country’s best finish since a seventh-place by RP in the 1991 tournament held in Kobe, Japan.

The scores:

SAN MIGUEL-RP 78—Seigle 20, Williams 14, Hontiveros 13, Taulava 13, Alapag 8, Raymundo 6, Norwood 2, Helterbrand 2, Menk 0, Ritualo 0, Pennisi 0.

CHINA 76—Zhang 16, Li 13, Yi 8, M. Yang 8, Han 7, Y. Wang 6, C. Chen 5, Wu 5, B. Wang 4, Gu 4, Bian 0.

Quarters: 19-22, 36-38, 59-61, 78-76

08-07-2007, 12:13 AM
Reyes takes blames for RP's loss in Tokushima

Philippine team coach Chot Reyes blamed himself for the Nationals' failure to make the grade at the FIBA-Asia Championship in Tokushima, Japan recently.

“I take full responsibility for everything. The boys worked so hard. I'd like to apologize to the Filipino people,” he said upon his team’s arrival in Manila Monday.

The RP team absorbed two losses at the tournament’s elimination round after being included under the Group A bracket, which was also known as the “Group of Death” for the qualifier for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

The Group of Death included strong contenders Iran, Jordan and China.

“I personally picked the players and the coaching staff. We made the best possible preparation. If we didn't land in the toughest group in this competition, we could have made the next round,” said Reyes.

The Nationals absorbed their first loss in the tournament in the hands of Iran then received another while facing Jordan.

Iran was eventually named the tournament champion.

The RP team, meanwhile, beat the rest of its opponents to get the top placing at the tournament’s consolation round.

Reyes lamented their loss from Iran, saying that they have beat the same team before.

The Filipinos questioned the officiating in the RP-Iran game that allegedly led to their loss.

08-07-2007, 03:45 PM
I really wish Queenito would stop acting as Chot's spin doctor. He keeps on blaming that technical foul called on Chot in the Iran game for the Philippines' failure to survive the Group of Death. Queenito, talo lang talaga tayo. Mas magagaling at malalaki ang kalaban. Get over it.

Dark Knight
08-07-2007, 04:42 PM
talo lang talaga tayo. Mas magagaling at malalaki ang kalaban. Get over it.

I agree. If you'll look at it, dominated talaga ng Iran ang ballgame. Tayo ang naghahabol. Para tayong bata na naghahanap ng butas kung bakit tayo natalo.

We lost because of our own doing. Kung di lang tayo nag ingay sa ka rereklamo baka nanalo pa. Pinoy's culture is to complain. ;D

10-17-2007, 09:57 AM
A good thing is that the PBA has already developed rules from FIBA, thus it will prepare our future National Team members for different upcoming FIBA events. Now that the league has adjusted and took into consideration the FIBA rules, I just do hope that the different PBA teams will also develop an international basketball gameplay which is more focused on teamplay rather than one-on-one play.